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Alfred University hosts high school football players at annual team camp
7/05/10

ALFRED, NY — For the 13th year, Alfred University will welcome several hundred high school football players and coaches at “The Gridiron Champions Football Camp.”

The July camp acts like a mini-camp for the high school teams, allowing the teams to get a jump-start on their season and a chance to compete against other quality programs. Nine high schools teams from New York and New Jersey will participate in the camp during two weeks, with more than 350 players and coaches attending.

The first week, July 11-15, will include Central Square (Syracuse area), Chautauqua (Jamestown area), Corning, Marlboro (New Jersey), Raritan (New Jersey) and Victor (Rochester area) high schools. The second week, July 18-22, will include, Maple Grove (Jamestown area), Matawan (New Jersey) and Webster-Thomas (Rochester area) high schools. Approximately 300 players and 50 coaches will participate in the camp.

In 1998, the first year of the camp, 35 players attended; the number of players has increased each year since.

Players are housed on campus in residence halls. AU football coaches as well as the coaching staffs of the attending high school teams serve as camp instructors. A typical camp day consists of meetings, practices, pool and weight room sessions, guest speaker presentations and film sessions.

Alfred University Head Football coach Dave Murray says the camp provides the opportunity for some of the best high school players in New York and New Jersey to spend time on campus with their coaching staff.

“The camp has received tremendous feedback,” Murray says. “High school coaches find it very effective and many of the same schools return every year.”