"Giants Fever" Hits University, Capital Region

While the University has just begun competing at the NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports level, it may this summer host a National Football League pre-season training camp. The Capital Region was buzzing last week with news that the University is one of a handful of sites the New York Football Giants are considering as the location for their pre-season training camp.

A delegation of Giants officials (Harry Hulmes, special assistant to Giants General Manager George Young, Kim Kolbe, assistant to Head Coach Dan Reeves, and Director of Computer Services Jon Berger, B.S. Albany 85), spent five hours touring campus facilities on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Albany alumnus Berger who, as an undergraduate, spent four years as football manager under Head Coach Bob Ford had suggested his alma mater as a training site.

President Karen Hitchcock convened a Friday, Feb. 9, meeting of more than 40 Capital Region leaders to develop a community-wide strategy to bring the Giants to Albany. Afterward, Hitchcock, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, Albany County Executive Michael Breslin and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Urbach sent Giants owner Wellington Mara an invitation to visit the campus and the region.

The prospect of having the Giants train in Albany "has already galvanized our community with an unprecedented outpouring of strong support," they wrote. "The entire Capital Region has responded positively to the possibility . . . We are united in our commitment to making Albany the one location that best suits the needs of the New York Football Giants." The Giants are expected to make a final decision on their pre-season training camp site within a month.

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