June 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Every June, fans arrive on the campus of Michigan State to attend the annual Spartan Football Fantasy Camp.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Spartan football program hosted its camp to give fans an opportunity to experience the life of a Spartan football player.
This year's program, which was held June 10-11, included offensive and defensive drills and a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Spartan Stadium, a tour of the 25,000-square-foot Skandalaris Football Center, dinner and breakfast with the MSU coaching staff, and a camp-ending dinner with Spartan football alumni.
Attendees not only received a glimpse inside the program, but they also were able to interact with the coaching staff and former players.
"This is fun out here in the field, but to sit down with them over dinner and just talk to them is probably the best part," said co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner. "There are a lot of guys that are back year after year, so you get to know these guys. They know football and they have good questions, but also to talk about whatever they've got going in their life, it's just a good time."
Dick Fullmer, who is 74 years old, has not missed one Spartan Fantasy Football Camp.
"Just the camaraderie with all the coaches and doing the drills - you can't beat it, it's great," said Fullmer on why he keeps coming back.
Former Spartan All-Big Ten safety Otis Wiley, who now works in the Spartan Fund, was one of the former players helping out at the camp.
"It's good to get back, knowing that I still have the connection that I had when I was playing here," said Wiley. "It's all about community and we're family. Most of them (the campers) are alumni, so them coming back each year on campus is different because we have a new scheme, new things to adjust each year. Next year when there's a new facility here, they'll experience that as well."
"We've been involved with Coach Dantonio's staff for the last seven years doing the fantasy camp and it's a lot of fun," offensive line coach Mark Staten said. "You get some guys that have been coming here every year, so you really get to know them. You also get to show them the intricacies of the game, get to show them little things that they're maybe not aware of, and the quickness and the speed of the game.
"We have a lot of fun with them. We get to know them a lot of times personally and we'll see them during the season as we're walking to a game, or we'll see them at away games, and they always make sure they say hello to us."
For more information on next year's camp, visit greenwhitefantasy.com or contact Spartan Football Fantasy Camp coordinator Dino Folino: (517) 432-5576/285-9356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.