Sunday, May 22, 2005 - Giants Stadium Practice Bubble
The New Jersey Football Coach's Association (NJFCA) administered two NATS tests at the Giants practice bubble to more than 275 high school student athletes in the tri-state area. Recognized by USA Football, the football advocacy group created by the National Football League and the NFL Player's Association, NATS (National Athletic Testing System) is a national standardized athletic testing system and interactive information platform. NATS provides players, parents, coaches, and school counselors important information and services pertaining to NCAA academic requirements, recruiting, financial aid, athletic performance analysis and athletic test preparation.
The Giants offered an additional educational element to complement the standard NATS test through the creation of a Giants Educational Seminar. This program, offered to participants of each of the two NATS testing sessions, focused on the importance of education as well as sports. The program took place in the Stadium Club and all test participants were invited to attend with their parents and/or guardians for brunch. The program featured discussion with guest speakers, including a guest speaker from the Princeton Review, as well as Giants players. Giants offensive lineman Reggie Torbor, as well as tight end Chris Luzar, a free agent who the Giants acquired this spring from the Jacksonville Jaguars, provided their insight to the group of over 400 students and parents. Both Reggie and Chris talked to the group about the importance of focusing on succeeding in the classroom as well as on the football field.