HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J.– Youngsters at this July's Gridiron Football Camp in Hasbrouck Heights will learn more than just fundamentals – they'll also get a lesson on bullying and its effects.
Aviators Offensive Coordinator Adam Baeira teamed up with the Anti-Bully Squad , which was created by Denver Broncos kicker and Super Bowl champion Brandon McManus -- a former New York Giant -- and retired music manager Tom Peterson.
Campers will be encouraged to take ABS's oath .
"We want these kids to step in and speak out if they see someone getting bullied – no matter if it's on the field or in school," said McManus , 24.
"I know we can't help everyone," Peterson added, "but if we can help a few kids along the way then we have done our job."
Those who take the oath will have a chance to run out of the tunnel, mingle with current and retired players during warmups and attend a free tailgate party before the Giants–Jets preseason game, Baeira said.
To make it even sweeter, they'll also get two tickets to see Gang Green take on the rival Dolphins on December 17.
Former Bosco standouts Matt Simms (Atlanta Falcons) and Leonte Carroo (Miami Dolphins) were already scheduled as guest instructors. Peterson, former pros Lee Rouson and Tank Daniels and boxer Daniel Jacobs have been added.
"We are excited about attending Adam's camp where we can reach a large number of kids at one time," Peterson said.
ABS has roughly 17,000 members, Peterson noted.
The camp takes place at the Gary Depken Athletic Field (Route 17/Franklin Avenue) from 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. July 11-14. REGISTER: Gridiron Footall Camp
The cost is $185 per player and includes a camp t-shirt.
"I’m extremely excited to have partnered with Tom and Brandon’s organization," "Coach Bear" said. "This organization is a great thing that they have created, and it is my pleasure to help them spread the message. As a teacher, I both hear about and deal with issues surrounding bullying often and there's no room for it."
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