Every state you’ve been to, chances are, Thomas Grossetti has been there. The 15 year old New Brighton, Pennsylvania, resident has visited all 48 continental US states. And most of them by the age of two. Thomas is his father’s permanent co-pilot. In the cab of a semi, they travel the country. And this is exactly how he arrived at the IMG Academy football program Football Academy last week.
“We drove from Pennsylvania and with my aunt. We stopped in Orangeburg, South Carolina which is where I was born. Then we pulled up here in the truck.”
Thomas quarterbacks the junior varsity team at New Brighton High School, alma mater of Red Sox manager Terry Fracona. While at the IMG Football Academy for a week-long camp, Thomas traveled around the 400 acre campus and facilities to take advantage of all the offerings, on and off the field.
“Coach [Weinke] taught me a ton of new stuff. He critiques the players and is an excellent coach. This has definitely been worth it.”
IMG’s Dartfish Video Analysis also impressed Thomas and he even appreciated the heat which he admits got him into better shape. The camp groups also get to experience the IMG Performance Institute. “Our trainer Corey [Stenstrup] knows what he’s talking about. He is very detailed and lets us know what we need to do to get better.”
But spoken like a true teenager, Thomas’ favorite offering were the events. He enjoyed the beach on Sunday before camp commenced and mingled at the dances and parties held in the post-training hours.
After camp ended on Saturday, Thomas traveled back to Pennsylvania via the same mode he arrived. He plans to enjoy the summer and work on the new things he picked up while under Coach Chris Weinke’s wing. He said he will definitely look into returning next summer, arriving once again on 18 wheels.