By John Blake, Sun News | June 21, 2012 | Cleveland.com
Drawing young football enthusiasts from all across the Cleveland area, the four-day Holy Name youth football camp wrapped up last week.
Nearly 50 boys entering grades 4-9 participated in the camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 11-14 at Holy Name High School. It was run by camp coordinator and Holy Name defensive coordinator Mark Weidus as well as Green Wave head football coach Mark Pinzone.
“It went real good,” said Pinzone, a former Brunswick assistant coach. “We had a real nice camp. The big thing is we had great weather and we were real happy that the kids came from a lot of different CYO programs.”
In addition to going through skill stations and teaching sessions, those who attended the camp also were treated to talks from current and former Green Wave players.
“I just love getting out here and seeing the kids run around and have fun,” said former Holy Name quarterback Jake Schaefer, who is attending John Carroll University in the fall. “Just the look in their eye when they do something good or when they learn something new and get it right for the first time.”
Players also received camp T-shirts and prizes at the end of camp as well as Holy Name cups.
“The kids learned quite a bit,” said Pinzone. “The idea is, just like any school, we want to promote Holy Name and specifically Holy Name football. I was very happy with our varsity team. About 30 of our varsity players camp up to help in some form with the youth camp. It was a tremendous success.”
Following some time spent on stretching and conditioning, players went through different position-related drills and stations.
“We try to get them as close as football as we can,” said Pinzone. “We can’t play the real game of football and pad them up with equipment but we can do 7-on-7 touch, which we play at the end of camp. Scoring touchdowns and having fun, that’s what it’s all about in the summer time.”
It was the third camp for Pinzone, who is entering his third season as head coach with the Green Wave.
“I was very pleased to see kids, not just from Parma and Parma Heights, but we had some from Strongsville, Brecksville, Independence, Westlake, North Olmsted and Cleveland.”
Also one of the graduating seniors who helped out at the camp was Joe Duff.
“I love football and I do it every year,” said Duff. “I’ve known many of them because they come every year so I know many of them personally.”