Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:55

DeVito brings NFL skills to youth football players in Hermon

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HERMON - Thursday night at Hermon Elementary School started just as the past two nights have: more than 80 elementary and middle school kids running around, tackling one another or playing catch with a football. But once the clock struck 5 p.m., high-fives and chants of "yes, coach" filled the field as former NFL defensive lineman Mike DeVito, Hermon youth football director Jason Largay and the rest of the coaches began to run shop.

"It's just amazing to see how many kids are involved," DeVito said. "I wanted to come out here and get behind [Largay] and be a part of it."

 

It was all part of the inaugural Hermon football NFL camp, organized by Largay, DeVito and others. DeVito helped run the camp free of charge, and purchased water and shirts for every camper during the course of the three-day camp. While the coaches would run drills, he wouldn't just help instruct, but he would also participate in the drills with the campers, giving words of encouragement along the way.

 

"I know I've been helped so much to get to the point where I was at," he said Thursday. "So to be able to help and give back a little bit to these kids, and hopefully get them in the right direction enjoying football, and maybe giving them a platform to do well in life."


Guest speakers included former NFL and UMaine star Matthew Mulligan, Colby head coach Jack Cosgrove and MMA fighter Bruce Boyington. DeVito says he hopes to continue the camp next year.

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two ye...