About Garden City Thunder Football

Welcome to Thunder Football, the premier youth travel football program nestled in the heart of Garden City, New York. At Thunder Football, we are more than just a team; we are a family dedicated to nurturing the athletic and personal growth of our young athletes. Our program is proudly affiliated with the GCAA (Garden City Athletic Association) and the NCYFL (Nassau County Youth Football League), a testament to our commitment to excellence in youth sports.

The Thunder Football Mission

Thunder Football is an inclusive community, welcoming all children who live in or attend Garden City's public or private schools. We offer a dynamic full-contact football program designed for kids aged 7 to 11 years old. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and competitive environment where our players can learn the fundamentals of the game, develop their skills, and, most importantly, have fun.

Our program is built on a rich tradition of cultivating hard-working, resilient young athletes who understand the value of teamwork. At Thunder Football, we believe in the transformative power of youth sports to teach life lessons that extend far beyond the playing field. Our coaches and volunteers are dedicated to ensuring that every player achieves their fullest potential, both as athletes and as individuals.

We emphasize the importance of allowing kids the opportunity to play the game of football in a structured setting where they can learn the skills and techniques necessary for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. Our program focuses on encouraging teamwork, fostering a sense of community, promoting exercise, and building camaraderie among our players.

Joining Thunder Football means becoming part of a legacy of excellence. We take pride in our history of developing Garden City's youth into not only skilled athletes but also disciplined, team-oriented young individuals. Our goal is to instill in our players a lifelong love for the game of football, a commitment to personal growth, and an appreciation for the value of working together toward a common goal.

At Thunder Football, we're not just playing a game; we're building the leaders of tomorrow. Come be a part of our story.

Thunder Program Directors

Tim Haniffy

Scott Paskewitz

Mark Reilly

Christian Diez

Dan Sampson

Brad Hajart


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