There are camps and then there is the Big Daddy Youth Football Camp! Now in its fifth year, the three-day camp at New Hyde Park high school organized by Richard aka “Big Daddy” Salgado, a former University of Maryland football player, gives the youth a chance to work with professional athletes and coaches, truly learning the sport from the pro’s. It was exciting to see how the camp has grown with 70 kids participating in the skills and drills sessions as parents watched in stargazing amazement. This year’s athletes included former Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, Super Bowl-winning safety Devin McCourty, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed San, current Buffalo Bills defensive coach and Big Daddy’s brother Jim Salgado, New York Giants tight end coach Lunda Wells and TV personalities Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network and Brian Kilmeade of FOX & Friends.
As football is a passion for Big Daddy and his brother Jim, both run the camp and bring more to the campers by having the professionals join them. The Salgado’s grew up in New Hyde Park and continually give back to the community. Big Daddy is an insurance agent and financial planner for athletes and high net worth individuals that own and operate some of the biggest businesses in the country.
“I started Coastal Advisors, LLC Insurance Consultants 22 years ago after seeing that there was a demand for it and that the athletes needed someone who they can trust. Our firm insures well over 500 professional athletes, entertainers and celebrities. Some of our clients are Adam Schefter, Michael Strahan, Larry Fitzgerald, Kevin Weekes, Melissa Joan Hart, NFL Head coach Doug Marrone and NFL GM John Dorsey, to name a few,” said Big Daddy. “Life is interesting and my professional journey keeps evolving with opportunities that have risen to add some spice to my business life. I have added a full professional staff and a new partner in Chris Muro. We have offices in NYC and Boca Raton, Florida. We have become nationally recognized by many professionals in other businesses. We insure more than just athletes and celebrities. We work with business owners, employees, global events and so on. We want everyone to know that we are here to help them and we’re a phone call away.”
It was great to see Jim in action giving instruction to the kids along with the other coaches and former players. You can see that he gives the kids his undivided attention. “My favorite thing about working the Big Daddy Youth Camp is that you get to see the growth and improvement of the campers who have participated in the previous years,” said Jim Salgado. “The camp has grown each year since we have started and we would like to get it to around 100 kids so we can still give the campers the individual attention and tools they need to learn the game of football. As long as these kids continue to have the passion for football, the game will continue to grow across our country.” It is very important for the brothers to have the kids learn the game of football in a fun and safe manner. “We teach the kids the fundamentals of how to play the game, how to tackle, how to throw and catch,” said Big Daddy. “We’re fortunate that we can reach out to the professionals to lend their time to the campers. The camp is my pride and joy because we bring to the kids something that no other camps do. They’re learning from professional players and coaches and as an added bonus, they get to enjoy a delicious dinner donated by various food sponsors when the session ends.”
The Salgado’s, including the middle brother Lewis who attended the camp and watched his younger brother Jim run drills with the campers, are all good men who didn’t forget where they came from despite their success. They’re all very philanthropic and passionate about supporting different causes. “I have a personal affiliation to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation since I suffered one in 2008. Also, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as they do exceptional work for pediatric cancer patients and their families,” said Big Daddy. Jim and Lewis both shared their passion for giving back as they both echoed, You never know where life can take you!”
With such a successful professional journey, I know Big Daddy is enjoying himself as he has an extensive checklist of accomplishments. “I have many proud moments but the two that stand out the most for me is being a guest speaker at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and covering the Super Bowl as a correspondent for FOX & Friends,” said Big Daddy. “I started in 2008 and with the help of so many, I have enjoyed learning and working with some incredible people like Brian Kilmeade, Bill Hemmer, Sean Hannity and with the help from my clients Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer, it’s been a fun experience. How many can say that they’re a friend of America’s #1 cable news show?”
Curiosity had the best of me and I asked Big Daddy what advice he would give his 8-year old self. Without hesitation, Big Daddy said, “The advice that I would give to my 8-year old self is to do everything you didn’t do to be the best and apply it now. I wasn’t the greatest student so I had to study long hours and catch up to get into college in order to receive a full football scholarship to Maryland University. Also, listen to your mother and father as they know best!”
I asked Jim to share one thing about Big Daddy that none of us knows and would find out now. With a chuckle Jim stated, “One thing you may not know is that my brother was a great roller skater growing up. He worked at a famous roller rink on Long Island called “Laces.” Also, he would love to have dinner with the Pope.” “Yes, that is true,” stated Big Daddy. “His elegance and worldly knowledge really interest me. I have had the great opportunity to have dinner with some famous and incredible folks but the Pope and especially if it was dinner at The Vatican, that would be incredible!”
The Salgado brothers understand the importance of having the Big Daddy Youth Camp in the community in which they grew up. It’s important for them to continue to be role models and live life giving back to others. “We wanted to share our blessed gifts, what I mean is, our good fortune,” Big Daddy said. Most kids don’t have this opportunity! I agree.
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