Boys and girls age 12 to 17 enjoyed a unique summer camp opportunity where they worked with some of the best sports trainers on Long Island in an authentically Catholic environment, including daily Mass. Camp Christ’s goal is to provide a unique baseball, softball, and lacrosse camp experience while conveying a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith – and how athletes might draw upon that faith during life’s trials and tribulations. More than 200 campers took part in the three-day program July 7-9 on the campus of SUNY Farmingdale. New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara was among the guests who helped demonstrate the relationship between faith and sports.
Click below to see photos from the event by photographer Gregory A. Shemitz.
Look for a feature on Camp Christ in the September issue of Long Island Catholic Magazine.
Auxiliary Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski, assisted by Deacon Frank Gariboldi of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Massapequa Park, celebrates Mass.
Taylor Hughes, 15, of St. Martin of Tours Parish, Bethpage, receives Communion.
Campers pray before the beginning of Mass.
Duke University coach John Danowski leads a clinic on the lacrosse field.
Lacrosse players participate in a drill.
SUNY Oneonta lacrosse player and camp instructor Nicole Boylan talks to players before a drill.
Lacrosse players work on their passing skills.
Baseball players line up to practice fielding ground balls.
Tierney Fitzgerald, 14, of St. Aidan Parish, Williston Park, delivers a pitch.
Father Joe Fitzgerald runs the bases during a softball game.
Former New York Knick Charles Oakley helps prepare lunch for the campers and staff.
Father Michael Duffy of St. Kilian Church, Farmingdale, addresses the campers.
New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara speaks to the campers.
Thomas Shea, 13, of St. Patrick Church, Huntington, smiles after winning a replica Prince Amukamara New York Giants jersey.
Hailey Spinella, 15, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Lindenhurst, takes a selfie with New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara.