First Ever GHS Cardinals Football Champions Ring Ceremony and Clinic for GYFL

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Jack Feda a senior captain of the Greenwich Cardinals football team worked with younger players during the Champions Youth Clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized for the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

On Sunday the weather cooperated perfectly for the Cardinals “Champions Football Clinic” for GYFL players, where dozens of boys and girls did drills with the Greenwich High School players and their coaches.

The clinic was followed by a ring ceremony for the Cardinals.

The GYFL players, in their red “Be The Future” t-shirts, looked on as each player was presented his ring by head Coach John Marinelli in the field house. WGCH’s Rob Adams emceed the event. After each player received his ring, he was congratulated by a throng of coaches.

Registration is currently open for GYFL’s 2019 season. The league, a non profit youth football organization for boys and girls in grades 3 through 8, has three divisions: the Bantam League is for 8- and 9-year old’s. Juniors are 10-11. Seniors start at age 12.

GYFL has over 90 volunteer coaches who offer lessons in sportsmanship, and players enjoy the sense of camaraderie and source of lifelong friendships.

Following the clinic on the turf field at the Boys & Girls Club the Cardinals head coach presented rings during a ceremony in side the field house, a new tradition for the team. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Following the clinic on the turf field at the Boys & Girls Club the Cardinals head coach presented rings during a ceremony in side the field house, a new tradition for the team. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during the Champions Youth Clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

The idea for the clinic and ring ceremony, a new tradition for the Cardinals, came from head coach Marinelli. About 50 young players participated in the event, where they could see the camaraderie and skills of the older players, many of whom will head to college in August, and imagine themselves in their position.

Gavin Muir, a senior captain who is headed to Dartmouth in the fall, Mozi Bici who is headed for a PG year at Suffield Academy and Christopher Wint who is headed to Castleton University in Vermont said they came up through the ranks of GYFL themselves.

“We all played for the BANC Raiders,” Gavin said. “It was a great experience as team mates and a great experience on the field.”

“It really started a mentality to aim for state championships,” Mozi said.

Andrea and Matt Falco brought their son James and daughter Emi to the event after James, a third grader, learned registration had opened.


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“James has Autism. He joined last year and had a great time,” Andrea said, adding that James’ younger sister Emi may join the league or cheer for GYCL. “Last year she would make friends on the sidelines at his games and practices. She may have had more fun than he did.”

“On May 1, he wore his jersey to school,” she said, a reference to the first day of registration.

“There was a sign up by North Mianus School saying registration was open and he said, ‘We got to start jogging, mom.'”

“Emi said I want to go too,” Andrea recalled.

A popular presences at the event was the Joey B’s Food Truck. Joey B’s owner Dom Delfino has hosted the football team for fundraisers in his restaurant where players’ favorites include the Texas burger, mac ‘n cheese bites and breakfasts of pancakes, french toast and bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches.

To register your child for GYFL’s 2019 season, click here. The season opens on Aug 19, 2019. The last game of the season, championship day, is Nov 10, 2019. (Columbus Day weekend is a bye weekend with no games.)

Vincent Pastore and Christine Kraninger

Vincent Pastore and Christine Kraninger at the GYFL clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during the Champions Youth Clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Participants received "Be The Future" t-shirts at the GYFL-Cardinals football clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Participants received “Be The Future” t-shirts at the GYFL-Cardinals football clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Mozi Bici, Gavin Muir and Christopher Wint, Cardinals Football players at the GYFL clinic. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Evan Beilenson, Jack Murphy and Cooper Kitselman at the GYFL clinic at the Boys & Girls Club. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Cardinals football team members worked with younger players during a clinic organized with the GYFL at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

James and Emi Falco worked with Greenwich Cardinals football team members during a clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

GYFL players who may some day fill the roster of the Cardinals football team, watched a highlights reel at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Domenick Delino and his father Dom Delfino took orders in their Joey B's Food Truck at the Boys & Girls Club. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Lorenzo Delino and his father Dom Delfino took orders in their Joey B’s Food Truck at the Boys & Girls Club. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Paul works the grill inside the Joey B’s Food Truck at the GYFL/Cardinals Football event at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

John Marinelli

Following the clinic on the turf field at the Boys & Girls Club the Cardinals head coach presented Tysen Comizio with his ring during a ceremony in side the field house, a new tradition for the team. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Senior Captain Lance Large at the ring ceremony in side the Boys & Girls Club field house. May 19, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager