Walter Camp All-American Football Team visits St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services

From left to right: Walter Camp All-American Football Team members Daniel Carson, a kicker for Auburn University, and Jamie Silva, a former safety for the Indianapolis Colts, greeted and handed out signed footballs to students at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull on Friday, Jan. 15. The players, who were joined by Fairfield University’s Stags Mascot, made the special visit to kick off the new year and celebrate the football season. There was plenty of laughter and even some dancing as students received  signed footballs from the players.  — Lisa Romanchick photo
From left to right: Walter Camp All-American Football Team members Daniel Carson, a kicker for Auburn University, and Jamie Silva, a former safety for the Indianapolis Colts, greeted and handed out signed footballs to students at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull on Friday, Jan. 15. The players, who were joined by Fairfield University’s Stags Mascot, made the special visit to kick off the new year and celebrate the football season. There was plenty of laughter and even some dancing as students received  signed footballs from the players.  — Lisa Romanchick photo

Players from the 2016 Walter Camp All-American Football Team brought smiles to the faces of students at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull on Jan. 15.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have the Walter Camp All Americans visit our school each year,” said Raymond Baldwin, president and CEO.

The tradition began 18 years ago and still continues to delight students as these gentle giants enter each classroom to autograph footballs and pose for photos.

“I’m not sure who gets more excited, our staff or our students,” Baldwin said. “They begin preparing for the visit early in January by creating welcome posters that hang at the entrance to each classroom.”

The visits are planned each year by the Walter Camp Foundation to ground the young athletes, a few of whom may be destined to become big name professional players, and bring into focus the needs of others less fortunate.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services is a trusted provider of lifelong education and therapeutic services.

A special education school, based in Trumbull, is an alternative placement option for children, ages 3-21, with developmental disabilities, special health care needs and students with autism spectrum disorders.

Physical, occupational, speech/language and aquatic therapy are all offered as part of each student’s individualized education plan.