SXU to host Football Training Camp with 2011 NAIA champs

Members of Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) 2011 NAIA Championship football team will host a Football Training Camp on Wed., April 17. More than 70 boys ages nine to 18 are expected to participate in the camp, which will be held at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1250 W. 119th St., Chicago. The morning session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon session is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Kroc Center children participating in the camp will work closely with Head Coach Mike Feminis and 24 of SXU’s best players, split into two groups of 12 for the morning and afternoon sessions, as they share what it takes to become a championship football team amid agility drills, training routines, and exercises.

SXU players scheduled to attend the camp include: senior wide receiver Shane Zackery (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), who recently won the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter’s mental Toughness Award and was a finalist for the 2012 NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Class; junior linebacker Zach Dolph (Crest Hill, Ill./Joliet Catholic), who holds the University record for most tackles in a season; and junior running back Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community), who was named World Hyundai-Saint Xavier University Athlete of the Month in November for his stellar performance on the field.

“We have exceptional athletes on and off the field,” said SXU Football Head Coach Mike Feminis. “We’re excited to partner with the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and we hope to have a positive impact on the children by exposing them to the rigors of a football training camp.”

Feminis said the tenets of a successful football team include hard work, extensive training, and exceptional teamwork – all attributes that contributed to SXU’s phenomenal 2011 NAIA championship. Feminis added that it’s equally important “to maintain outstanding academic records and to constantly seek out opportunities to give back to the community.”

“I would like to thank the Saint Xavier football team,” said Senior Kroc Officer Major David Harvey. “This Football Camp will aid in our children’s development for not only football, but social skills for the future.”

For more information, please contact SXU Executive Director of Media Relations Karla Thomas at (773) 298-3937 or kthomas@sxu.edu, or Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Marketing Manager Felicia R. Horton at (773) 298-3274 or felicia_horton@usc.salvationarmy.org.