POMPANO BEACH – They came from Miramar, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs and just about every corner of Broward County.
Stop No. 13 on the Varsity Sports Network tour across Florida landed at Pompano Beach High School, and what an event it was.
From team interviews to individual attention, the order of the day was to expose and promote the athletes in the county, and by the time 5 p.m. rolled around, the eight hours that the VSN crew along with the media put in was indeed something that everyone will remember.
VSN, which has started to be the true voice of high school football in the Sunshine State, had a team of hard-working people that made this day something very special.
“I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this event,” said Shawn Cerra, Director, Athletics & Student Activities, Broward County Public Schools. “From 8:45 when Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) took the stage until Piper (Sunrise) ended things a little after 5 p.m., this was a day we all will remember. Big time in every way.”
With plenty of media on hand, it was all about the players and the coaches, who started the 2022 season on Monday. Coaches such as Dameon Jones of the state champion Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, Roger Harriott of three-time defending state champion Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, and Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons’ head coach Matt Dubuc of the two-time defending state champion Chiefs were impressed with the way the entire day turned out.
“First class,” Harriott pointed out. “My players had a great time and the experience was something these young men will remember a lifetime.”
As Broward Media Days unfolded, the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) also got involved with interviews, photos and plenty of social media exposure.
Teams such as Pembroke Pines Charter, Oakland Park Northeast, Fort Lauderdale and Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy took part. So did Plantation, Cooper City, Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Plantation American Heritage and Pembroke Pines West Broward.
“Just to listen to the coaches and players talk today, everyone truly enjoyed themselves and it was a media day like we have never experienced,” said Broward County Athletic Director Rocky Gillis. “From start to finish, each and every coach came up to me to tell me how well it was run. I agree.”
VSN, under the direction of Bobby Lattmore and Dan LaForest and cast of production personnel stepped it up – with plenty of experience in running these showcase events. They were out to promote the network, which is growing all the time.
Fort Lauderdale Stranahan enjoyed the experience. So did Davie Western, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs Coral Glades, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy, Hallandale and Coconut Creek Monarch.
Schools such as Hollywood South Broward, South Plantation, Davie Nova, Miramar Everglades, Coral Springs Taravella and Coconut Creek North Broward Prep – which seldom gets the spotlight – felt right at home with the exposure.
Promising programs such as Weston Cypress Bay, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood McArthur, Parkland Douglas, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely and Miramar also took center stage.
Media day also gave schools like Coral Springs Charter, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest brought plenty of talent. So did host school Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, NSU University School, Hollywood Hills and Piper.
After a tremendous Broward County stop, Media Days moves to Keiser University in West Palm Beach on Wednesday for more exposure.
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