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It wasn’t the excitement of the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, home of the New York Giants. It wasn’t the opportunity to catch a pass from New York Giants quarterback, Davis Webb or hear from Tavarres King on strong focus or healthy habits. It wasn’t even the passion Jay Fiedler spoke with when he talked about stepping into his role as quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. It was the passion and pure desire of all 200 + athletes who came out on a Monday for drills and skills, and it filled the entire field.
When Joseph Gaccione of Hall of Fame Sports was contacted by the New York Giants community relations director, Ethan Medley, to participate in the Gatorade Jr. Training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, he was more than ready. His first phone call was to Brian Martin CSCS. His experience in training over 200 NFL athletes, football and combine expertise, and passion for youth sports was exactly what Gaccione wanted to bring to the event.
Gatorade Jr Training Camp is a free football clinic facilitated by Hall of Fame Sports Association with focus on fundamentals and skill development for athletes between the ages of 12 and 14 years old. Gaccione's Hall of Fame Sports goal is to deliberately make character and values the theme of each and every event or program that they operate. Martin not only brought the staff and structure, he brought long time friend and colleague Jay Fiedler, former Miami Dolphin and founder of Prime Time Sports. This triple threat, sponsored by Gatorade and hosted at Quest Diagnostics set the perfect scene for a night of sportsmanship,camaraderie and hard work.
"Ethan Medley ( NY Giants community relations) and players Davis Webb and Taverris King, could not have been more on point with their positive messages to our players," Gaccione said.
"We can't thank them, and the Giants organization, enough for the opportunity.
It was a great event and more importantly a great night for the kids," he added.
Just over 200 players from Clifton, West Orange, Jersey City Recreation, West NY, Kearny, North Bergen, Morris County AYF, and West Essex participated, with interest from many more teams, however space was limited.The next Gatorade event is already in the makings for spring/summer 2018 with HOFSA and B. Martin Sports Academy raising the instructional and competitive and challenge.
"It was an honor to work with such a great group of young athletes, all the kids gave 100%," Martin said. We want to thank Joe Gaccione, Hall of Fame Sports, The New York Giants, and Gatorade for an amazing evening, it's an honor to share the field with greatness," he added. BMartin Sports Academy and Prime Time offer year round training opportunities from youth to the NFL.
After several drills and skills challenges, and plenty of Gatorade, players were encouraged by New York Giants, Davis Webb and Tavarres King. "I was seventh string quarterback when I was your age, so know now that means nothing," Webb shared. Jay Fiedler also spoke about his experiences on and off the field and the great honor it is to play the game.