FOOTBALL: Hynoski returns to his roots for youth football camp
ELYSBURG - Henry Hynoski may be an NFL player and a Super Bowl Champion, but when it comes to making a trip back to his hometown high school at Southern Columbia, it's something he looks forward to.
"I have a lot of memories here," the New York Giant fullback said while standing on the Southern Columbia football field. "It always feels good coming home, and this field kind of reaffirms it."
Hynoski was back in his hometown to hold a Hyno-Tiger Youth Football Camp at the high school for youth football players along with his teammates from the Giants.
The camp was set up to benefit Camp Victory, a facility near Millville for children with chronic illnesses and physical and emotional needs.
Joining Hynoski from New York were second-year guard Eric Herman, linebacker Spencer Paysinger, back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib and second-year safety Cooper Taylor, along with Hynoski's teammate at Pitt, quarterback Andrew Janocko.
Even though none of the other players are from around the area, they were happy to make the trip to Elysburg.
"Henry's a great teammate, a great friend," Nassib said. "This is a great cause and we enjoy helping out young kids."
Hynoski welcomed more than 200
youth football players to the camp to teach them basic fundamentals, agility, pass routes and defensive assignments.
Without discussions with high school coach Jim Roth, the camp may not have happened.
"Me and coach Roth were talking about it," Hynoski said. "Just to get back to the area because it's great for the kids."
Before beginning the workouts, each of the Giants' players gave advice to the campers on how to become better football players, while excelling in the classroom and other areas of life.
Garrett Garcia, a 9-year-old player for Catawissa, said he learned a lot from the camp and said having the NFL players was fun.
As for the rest of Hynoski's summer, he plans on spending time with family and friends, but also getting to work out more after recovering from a fractured shoulder that caused the 6-foot-1 fullback to miss all but the first three games of the 2013 season.
"I'm staying in shape," Hynoski said. "I got myself healthy, and now I'm training for next season."
Even though next season, and training camp, may be rapidly approaching, Hynoski feels that it was important to come back and spend time in his hometown.
"I've got to give back," Hynoski said. "I'm thankful for the area that produced me."