Channeling My Inner Ninja

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice” – Bob Marley

I was diagnosed with Stage 2a Testicular Cancer at the age of 21. You never think you are going to be the one diagnosed with cancer, especially at such a young age. Nevertheless, as we all know too well, cancer does not discriminate against age, gender, or ethnicity.

It all started in the summer of my junior year going into my senior year of college. I had just finished my outdoor season at Rider University where I was a Long/Triple Jumper. I just had the best season of my career and had set all my personal best in both my events. I was in the best shape of my life. Then came August 14, 2012. After going to see a few doctors to be evaluated, they urged me to go and speak with an Urologist. My life changed that day. I remember walking into the office with my dad. We shook the doctor’s hand and then took a seat. The first words that came out of his mouth were, “Greg there is no beating around the bush, you have cancer.” You hear the words “you have cancer,” and you immediately start having hundreds of questions run through your head. How could I have cancer? How did I get it? Am I going to live? Then I looked up over at my dad and made eye contact. We both just said, “well we are going to beat it!” It was this positive attitude that made the difference and got me through it.

After visiting many other doctors to get multiple opinions on how to treat my cancer, we decided to go to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. Here I was to go through four rounds of chemotherapy, which consisted of 3-week cycles. A 3-week cycle consisted of 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. Then came hydration on the 6 th day with 2 weeks recovery to follow. After completing my chemotherapy on November 17th, I had to start mentally preparing for my major surgery that was to take place on January 4th. This 5-hour surgery was to remove all of the Lymph nodes in my abdomen. It left me with a scar from my pelvis to my sternum, which took 70 staples to close up. But, on January 11th we had found out that my surgery was a success and I was cancer free!

After the long road of recovery that took about 1 year, I was back in school and on my track team. With the help of my teammates, family, and roommate Anthony DeFranco (Ninja Regional Director), I was able to get back out on the track and continue right where I left off and break my Long Jump personal record post-cancer to finish off my career!

Now that Anthony and I had finished our collegiate careers, we were in search of our next sport. Then came American Ninja Warrior! Anthony and I started training together in October of 2015. We were both very new to the sport and found out quickly how tough both mentally and physically you had to be to compete in this sport. However, that was the one of the best parts about it. I loved the fact that it was a brand new challenge.

After training for a couple months, we decided that we were going to make submission videos and apply to the show. We submitted our videos in December and then had to wait 4 months to find out if we were going to get the call to compete. Then, in early May, we received the call. All of our training was going to be put to the test. On May 27th we got our chance to step out on the course in Philadelphia and compete as American Ninja Warriors!

Come visit me at Centercourt Club+Sports – Lawrence NJ, where I run the Centercourt_Ninja programs!!
 

2018/19 Tryouts for Centercourt Football Club and the U7 Scholarship Program

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U7 Scholarship Program

As the first club in the area to offer this program in the depth that we do, CFC is proud to see other clubs in the area start to offer the same scholarship style program for U7s for this upcoming tryout season. We are proud to have made a major shift in the NJ soccer world again and to help get more young athletes playing the game of soccer. The major difference between the CFC program and other clubs program is CFC is offering a full club program where as other clubs offer one session a week and some festivals. CFC is offering multiple sessions a week, tournaments and gameplay every weekend of the season in the fall, winter and spring seasons. This is what sets our U7 scholarship program apart from the others.

Tryouts
We are excited to host tryouts at our Gillette dome and look forward to the first tryout season in the new state of the art facility.  Our tryouts will be the same as previous years with players needing to attend both tryouts to be considered for the team. With our tryout numbers growing every year, we are looking forward to the number of players walking through our doors for the 2018/19 season tryouts.  We will be offering boys teams from U7 to U13 and U18 boys. On the girls side we will be offering teams from U7 to U15.

 ID Sessions

CFC understands the tryout process is stressful and not an extremely pleasant experience for players in the state of NJ, due to the way the state allows multiple different weeks, and the fact tryouts might clash with your current team’s schedule as majority of tryouts are held in the middle of your spring schedule.  For the past couple years CFC has tried to make this process a little easier and allow players a chance to be evaluated in a more natural environment that a player is used to and our ID Sessions have been a big hit over the past 3 tryout seasons. This allows players to come and train with their age group/level before the tryouts and this way they have an extra chance to be evaluated and looked at by our team of professional coaches. This is beneficial as players can have a bad tryout, or have had a bad day at school or be under the weather or they might get injured right before tryouts. The ID session allows for extra protection in this area and now they have a pre-evaluation as well as their tryout. We will be offering ID sessions in the months leading up to the tryout season.  The ID sessions do not count as a tryout and players must still attend the tryouts to be considered for a CFC team.

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon!

Register here!

Centercourt Boys Lacrosse holds Assessment Day for Summer 2018 Development Teams

 

Calling all Lacrosse Players! Centercourt Boys Lacrosse is holding an Assessment Day on March 3, 2018 for Summer 2018 Development Teams! Assessment Day will be held on March 3, at Centercourt Club+Sports – Lawrence NJ. Register and come visit our Boys Lacrosse leadership Team and understand how our ground-breaking Boys Lacrosse programs can offer your player the competitive advantage.
Assessment Day March 3rd
Full skills evaluation for each player
Full athletic skills evaluation – powered by ADAPT performance & Rehab
Class-room session, which will be used to provide full details on the Development Team

Q+A session to answer players/parents questions

2018 Development Team
Summer team, which focuses on the development of each individual player
We will travel to two in-state tournaments (June/July)
One practice per week during the course of the program

Each teams Performance Training will be powered by ADAPT Performance & Rehab