They will have just finished high school at Mira Costa, but football teammates Koda Thormodsgaard and Nick Carpino are following through on an idea they first had earlier this year. That was to put together a football camp for youth players and share the knowledge they have learned over the years.
The camp is called Future Five Stars Football Camp and will be held from July 15-19 at Mira Costa’s west field, which is the new artificial turf surface that was constructed within the past couple years. Players will be on the field from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The cost is $250 per attendee and is for players from 6 to 14 years of age.
“I’m really excited to run the camp because Nick and I both used to go to summer football camps and we had many memorable experiences from them,” Thormodsgaard said. “We want to focus on helping everyone become the best player they can be, but our main goal is to create a super fun environment so that every kid can go home and tell their parents that they had an amazing time and that they love football.”
All of the players that attend the camp will receive a t-shirt at the beginning of the camp. Coaches will include some former and current Mira Costa players and teammates, including Matthew Harry and Zane Thormodsgaard.
“It will encompass a variety of drills, games, and activities designed to enhance skills and help develop a love for the game,” Thormodsgaard said.
Thormodsgaard and Carpino played their last game in the West Torrance Lions Club All-Star Football Game on January 18th at El Camino College. Their Blue All-Star team beat the White All-Star team 39-20.
The two players loved the sport of football and were captains of the varsity team and earned first-team All-Bay League honors.
They both plan to attend the same college this fall, but will turn their attention to the camp first and hope this will just be the first of more to come.
“Our high school coach Don Morrow has been an inspiration to us, so we want to be an inspiration for younger athletes as well,” Carpino said.
Both players see a potential career in coaching in their futures.
“My ultimate goal is to work for a professional organization such as the Los Angeles Chargers in either the coaching or scouting department,” Thormodsgaard said.