PHOTO GALLERY: Youngsters get taste of football, Lely style

Although it was a summer evening, more than 30 youngsters were in full football gear at Mackle Park on Wednesday.

Near the completion of their second week, under the tutelage of the Lely High football coaches, they were getting to do some real hitting and tackling after a week of conditioning and learning fundamentals.

“This is the future of Lely High football,” said Dave Miller, the Trojans head coach. “We’ve been holding this camp for a number of years, getting the opportunity to work with the kids and getting them to know us and some of our system.”

Hector Diaz, president of the Marco Eagles Football Organization, appreciates the effort given by the Lely coaches.

“They are all nice guys and work hard with the kids,” he said.

With Miller on this night were assistant coaches Gustav Giarimustas, Thom Popoli and Steve Hartz. Each gave special attention, providing instruction for offensive and defensive maneuvers.

“This camp is just great for us,” Miller said. “This initiates the kids into what we are trying to do in familiarizing them with us and the plays they will use in years head. These kids are the keys to Lely’s success for years to come.

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