Sunday, October 17, 2021

An NFL Success story on Marco Island!

On Thursday March 24th, the Greater Marco Family YMCA and the NFL Players Association partnered up to put on a youth football clinic with NFL players. We worked hard to make sure the kids had a fun day filled with different skills and drills.   It was a great turnout and everyone had a blast! There were17 NFL players at the clinic and 150 kids that participated. The field was set up with 5 different stations that worked on different skills and drills. Each station consisted of 3 to 4 NFL players. As soon as the players got there, the kids were ready to have some fun! Their interactions with the kid’s were amazing! I am not sure who had more fun, the kids running around or the players running around with the kids. When it was time to rotate, each group huddled up listened as the players provided the kids with their guidance. This is an experience the kids will never forget!

I would like to give a special thanks to all of those who helped make this day a success: Cindy Love, CEO of the Y, YMCA Staff, and the Board of Directors. George Abounader and Roger Raymond from the Marco Island Charter Middle School ,who allowed us to use their athletic field and facility for the event, Eddie Webb, Rick Endres and Hayden Warren from Marco Eagles Football who brought some of the equipment that was used during the event, Coach Dave Miller, Lely High School Head Football coach, and his football players. He also donated equipment that was used for the event; the Lely football players who came down had the opportunity to the run each station and work with the NFL Players. Keith Dameron and Iberia Bank along with Greg West and Kinetico Water who donated all the water that was used throughout the day; Daniel Washington, Executive Director, Jamie Riles and Frantz Lindor of the AMIkids-Big Cypress who brought down the Swap Boys to help volunteer during the event. Also thanks to all of the community volunteers that helped throughout the day. You all helped make this day a success.

I would especially like to thank our very own Marco Island NFL player, Mike Vanderjagt. Throughout the whole planning process until the day of the event, he was critical to the success to this event. He helped with marketing the event, picking up equipment, and helping me coordinate the entire day.

Willis Whalen, the NFL players association and all the great players who attended the event and really made this day special; Michael Merriweather, Brian Duncan, Tim Broady, Doug Nettles, Grady Richardson, Larry Watkins, Solomon Brennan, James Ponchenion, Stephan Pierce, Dewey McClain, Steve Atwater, George Jamison, Tim Walton, Nolan Harrison, Mike Vanderjagt and Anthony Hargrove.

The kids will remember this day for the rest of their lives, being able to meet some great professional athletes and also getting the chance to go out and play with them. Willis did a wonderful job getting the field set up and running the show. We really appreciate the opportunity that the NFL Players Association gave us and we look forward to working with them again in the future. Thank you to everyone who made this event the tremendous success that it was.

Clinic photos now available on Facebook

Go to: Greater Marco Family YMCA


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