Youth Camp – July 18-21, 8-10 am
Location: Grosse Pointe South Stadium
Early $100.00 Registration (before July 15, $120 after)
Register online or use the Flyer!
South Football Mission Statement
The Grosse Pointe South “Blue Devil” Football Program exists to develop its members as students, athletes, and citizens; to prepare them to take their place as contributing members of our community. It is a comprehensive football program which not only emphasizes the skills required for football, but also the development of lifelong values through hard work, dedication, discipline and team work. This is based on a foundation of mutual respect among coaches, athletes, parents and officials. It serves as a positive and productive force for the school, community, and most importantly the student-athlete. Success will be achieved through preparation, execution and belief in our team and program goals, and measured through the experiences and character of our young men.
The Blue Devil Football Camp is a non-contact camp for athletes entering 5th – 8th grade. This camp is designed to introduce the game of football and expose the participants to all related skills and positions. It will concentrate on instruction of fundamentals, techniques and skill development as well as the Blue Devil Football Program. One major emphasis will be the use of safe blocking and tackling techniques for the prevention of injury.
The South Football program has a history of producing Championship football teams as well as outstanding players. Many of them have gone on to the next level of competition. This includes four current alumni playing DI college football, four in DII, nine in DIII, and one who just retired from the NFL. This camp will start you on a path of success on the football field, as well as in the classroom, and in life.
Camp Daily Program
Theme of the Day / Football 101
Pride, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Work Ethic
Safety, Rules, Positions, Strategy, Health.
Fundamentals and Technique
Blocking, Tackling, Stances, Handoffs, Running,
Throwing, Receiving, Kicking, Punting
Individual Offensive Skill / Offensive Group / Team
Linemen, QB, RB, WR, TE
Individual Defensive Skill / Defensive Group / Team
Linemen, LB, DB
Competition /Guest Speaker / Closing Message
Campers should dress in athletic attire and football or athletic shoes. They should bring water and sunscreen.
Chad Hepner, Grosse Pointe South Head Football Coach – Over 20 years of coaching experience at GP South. After 22 years as an assistant coach, in 2022 Coach Hepner takes over as the Head Football Coach. Grosse Pointe South Football standout and DI college diver at Michigan State University. Coach Hepner was previously the Assoc. Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Grosse Pointe South.
Tony Cimmarrusti –GP South Head Freshmen Coach Cimm is a former player and coach at Harvard University. He has over 30 years’ experience coaching high school and youth sports. Coach Cimm is the GP South High Freshmen Head Coach, and also coaches Wrestling and Baseball at South High School.
Jeff Nyenhuis – Coach Nyenhuis has 17 years of coaching experience at GP South. He is currently the Varsity Defensive Coordinator and a teacher at Parcells Middle School.
Camp Staff & Guests
Nate Schwarze – Dream Team All-State WR at Chelsea High, Basketball player at Rice University and GP South Freshmen Offensive Coordinator. Coach Schwarze is also the director of the Eagle Sports Program.
Mac Gallagher – Coach Gallagher played football collegiately at Penn State University. He is the JV offensive line coach at South High.
Cedar Rihani – Coach Rihani is entering his 3rd season as a Varsity Assistant at GP South. A former quarterback, he also brings collegiate coaching experience when he was a coach at Maryland University.
Alex Elkhoury – Strength Training Coach for Grosse Pointe South football. Certified Crossfit coach and athlete. Also a former Marine.
PLUS – Many current and former South Football Players will act as camp instructors, counselors and guest speakers.
IF REGISTERING ONLINE, PLEASE PRINT AND BRING THIS SIGNED WAIVER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP.