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"THE ONLY EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY!"
07/21/2017
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2017 VARSITY COMMUNITY SERVICE AT LAMBS FARM MON JULY 17!
05/27/2017
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"THE ONLY EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY!"

DAILY HERALD SPORTS

 

Libertyville High School football player Anthony Vincini comes out of a small swimming pool Wednesday during training led by a pair of retired U.S. Navy SEALs.Retired Navy SEALs Rob Stella, left, and Nick Hays train Libertyville High School football players Wednesday. Stella is a Libertyville alumnus.Libertyville High School football players Max Wood, left, John Palmeri and their teammates roll in dirt Wednesday during a training exercise led by two retired Navy SEALs.

 

Navy SEALs push Libertyville Wildcat football players to work together

 

Libertyville High School football player Anthony Vincini comes out of a small swimming pool Wednesday during training led by a pair of retired U.S. Navy SEALs.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

By Russell Lissau

 

A pair of retired Navy SEALs gave members of Libertyville High School'sfootball squads a taste of their infamously strenuous training program Wednesday as a team-building exercise.

At the command of ex-SEAL and Libertyville High alumnus Rob Stella, the Wildcats did countless pushups, jumping jacks and flutter kicks. They rolled through dirt and crawled through human tunnels.

They sweated. They groaned. They pushed themselves beyond what they thought were their limits.

And through it all, Stella coached and coaxed them to work together. He urged them to overcome the blazing heat, the frustration of difficult physical challenges and the growing pain in their bodies.

"It's all in your mind," Stella told the nearly 80 football players as they did calisthenics on the practice field behind the school. "Sacrifice for your teammates."

Stella, who was accompanied by fellow retired SEAL Nick Hays, has helped train Wildcat football players the Navy way once before, in 2012. They run programs like this through a company called Acumen Performance Group.

Clients include groups from Northwestern University, the Miami Heat and Air Canada.

The goal Wednesday, Stella said, was to teach the teens how to maximize their performance.

"We only want you guys to get 1 percent better every day," Stella said. "That's doable."

Varsity offensive lineman Thomas Fenlon was among the boys who participated in the program.

"I was hoping (it would help me) get into better shape for football," he said. Fenlon admitted the session was harder than he expected.

Not every football player took part. Wide receiver Jack Morris watched from the side because of a knee injury.

As hard as the exercises were, Morris said he wished he could participate.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing," he said.

The day also included indoor discussions about mental toughness, mentoring and other topics.

Varsity head coach Mike Jones said he hopes the teens learned to work through adversity, and not just on the gridiron.

"It's in the classroom. It's in life," Jones said. "They can be more than they think they are."


by posted 07/21/2017
2017 VARSITY COMMUNITY SERVICE AT LAMBS FARM MON JULY 17!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2017 VARSITY

PLAYERS AND PARENT CHAPERONES

WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE

LAMBS FARM COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT!

NEWS STORY & TEAM PHOTOS FOLLOW SOON...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the 30+ Varsity players who participated in the Lambs Farm community service project on July 27!  Our crew did a great job helping paint fences throughout the park and rebuilding the scenic railroad.  We hope to make this event an annual tradition for the team!  For the full story, visit the following Libertyville Patch article:

http://patch.com/illinois/libertyville/football-wildcats-volunteer-lambs-farm?utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=bulletin%20board&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=article-topstories

 

Lambs Farm is a place that provides all of the essential ingredients for people to grow: a safe, caring, living environment; an extended family of peers with shared values and mutual respect; opportunities to have productive employment and to make a contribution to the community while being as self-sufficient as possible.


by posted 05/27/2017
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