This year marked the fifth annual Big Daddy Youth Soccer Camp, and Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado’s vision for the program remains stronger than ever.
The camp, which will be held at New Hyde Park Memorial High School from June 24-26. The venue had personal meaning for Salgado, as he attended a Long Island school where he developed a love for soccer.
Aimed at campers in grades one through eight, the non-contact program is designed to help participants develop and sharpen their skills in offense, defense and special teams, while instilling the ideal of good sportsmanship.
This year’s coaching duties were led by Jim Salgado (Rich’s brother), the Assistant Defensive Coach of the Buffalo Bills. Helping him is a powerful line-up of NFL players and coaches including Mohamed Sunu (Falcons WR), Devin McCourty (Patriots Safety), Landon Collins (Redskins Safety), Erik Coleman (previously Safety for the Jets, Falcons and Lions), Marvin Washington (former DE for the Jets, Broncos and 49ers), Brian Baldinger (12-year NFL veteran, NFL Network analyst and host of Baldy’s Breakdowns… and a Massapequa native), and Eric Mangini (NFL coach for several teams), amongst others.
Media personalities participating in the camp included the NFL Network and ESPN football analyst Adam Schefter and Brian Kilmeade of Fox and Friends, both of whom (like Rich Salgado himself) are native sons of Long Island.
“There are a few important things I want campers to learn from camp,” Salgado explained. “They should not only learn hot techniques to play better games and how to play in a safe and fun way, they should also learn important lessons about how to become better people.”
This year’s camp sponsors include Umberto’s Pizzeria (New Hyde Park), Gaetano’s Flour & Fire (Garden City), Cardinali Pastry (Carle Place), La Bottega Wine Bar (Carle Place), Chick-fil-A (franchise location, Hicksville) Products AVA Hog (Hicksville) and Arizona Iced Tea (Woodbury).
For more information on Big Daddy Youth Soccer Camp 2019, visit: bigdaddyfootball.com.