Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
As interscholastic football programs open practice, Glen Cove High School (GCHS) hosted a free evening “Knights Under the Lights” football clinic for aspiring players ranging from age 5 through 12 on Aug. 7.
Held for the third straight year on GCHS’s football field, the clinic brings together high school football players and coaches from Glen Cove and North Shore high schools to teach basic skills to younger players in the Glen Cove City Junior Football League. Six different stations were organized to teach approximately 85 youngsters proper passing, receiving, blocking, and tackling techniques. Agility drills rounded out the training.
“The players enjoy serving as mentors to the little guys and girls, as many of them played in the junior league themselves,” said Denise Kiernan, director of athletics for the Glen Cove School District. “They hone their leadership skills and the kids learn a lot.”
Peanuts, PeeWee, Midget, and Pony players all enjoyed a warm evening of fun instruction on the GCHS field as they prepared for the upcoming season. Big Red Varsity players were backed in the effort by Glen Cove varsity head coach Pete Kopecky, assistant coaches Tony Gallo and Steve Tripp, JV head coach Frank Curatolo, Finley Middle School head coach Steve Kocienda and volunteer Finley assistant coach John Nagle and North Shore Head Coach Dan Agovino and members of his staff.
GCHS’s Big Red varsity football is coming off its best season in 50 years in which the players compiled an 8-2 record and an appearance in the Nassau County Football playoffs.
Coach Kopecky and the team also won the Howie Vogts award as the most improved football team in Nassau County.
“It’s a win-win situation for everyone. The coaches are happy to donate their time and our players really enjoy working with the younger kids,” said Kiernan. “It’s a great night for everyone involved and we are happy to host it with help from our neighbors at North Shore.”
For more on the Glen Cove City Junior Football League, visit www.eteamz.com/gcfootball/
The GCHS Big Red varsity football home schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. vs. Hewlett.