We've been saying to the kids that "June is Spring Football Season!" Starting Sunday, June 7th, we have a big event almost every day of the upcoming week.
On Sunday, June 7th, we are helping out at an important fundraising event for a Wallkill student that is courageously battling cancer. "Breakfast for Billy" is being held from 8:00 AM-12 Noon at St. Chalres Borromeo Church on Route 44/55 in Gardiner to raise money to help with the treatment of Bill Labriola, a former Panther player. Players should see Coach Vegliando (if they haven't already) to let him know if they are attending, and what times they are available to help out serving, busing tables, cleaning up, etc. All supporters of the program are encouraged to attend this worthwhile event.
On Tuesday evening June 9th, we are holding our second Touchdown Club meeting in the High School Cafeteria at 7:00 PM. this meeting will be geared towards parents of current players, with the focus on upcoming events including Mini-Camp and Camp of Champions procedures and itinerary, practice organization, player/parent/coach expectations, summer schedule, green cards/physicals, and the academic policy. The meeting should take about an hour.
Then, running from Wednesday, June 10th through Friday, June 12th is our annual Panther Mini-Camp. The Camp is after school from 2:45-5:30 for any student who is currently in grades 7 through 11. It is a great opportunity for young men to learn the fundamentals of football, some offensive and defensive terminology and startegy, and compete with each other to become the best they can be. The Camp concludes on Friday, June 12th with the "Navy-White Game" in which we divide up all camp participants into two teams and have friendly competitions to see who will become camp champs. Plus we will have a barbeque following the competition for all participants to enjoy some great food.
On Saturday Morning, June 13th we will send two groups of dedicated players to 7-on-7 competitions in Section IX. The Varsity Group will be headed to Warwick to compete with many other Section IX teams at the "Hudson Valley Shootout" which runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. The JV group will be heading up to Kingston's Dietz Stadium for a chance to play on the turf and compete with some other Ulster County Schools in the "Tiger Shootout." The coaching staff has invited players who have shown that they are willing to work very hard to succeed, both on and off the field, and who we feel represent the program extremely well. These players have already been given permission slips and should have those returned to the coaches no later than Friday, June 12th.
Then Finally, after a week of tests and workouts, the Linemen get a chance to strut their stuff at the Carmel Lineman Challenge at Carmel High School. Again, the coaching staff has invited some dedicated Varsity-eligible players to attend this camp, and those players need to turn in their permission slips by June 12th.
So as you can see, it is an exciting time for all of us involved in Wallkill Football. We are extremely excited for the great things to come in 2009!