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The transformation begins at UAlbany

Campus readies itself for the return of the New York Giants

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski meets with his interns last Thursday at the University at Albany.

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski meets with his interns last Thursday at the University at Albany. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— “It was hard because not only does it stink not having training camp, but this is something people around here look forward to,” said Michael, a Hudson Valley Community College student. “Plus, it put me out of a summer job.”

In the wake of canceling the 2011 training camp, Giants owner John Mara pledged the team would return to UAlbany for the final summer of their three-year agreement. True to Mara’s word, the Giants announced their return this spring.

Once it was official, Galuski sprang into action. He went through nearly 100 applicants from several colleges to pick his 50 paid interns.

Crump and UAlbany football player Dave Plungas were among the 50 interns hired by Galuski.

“I believe it’s an honor,” said Crump. “I have a passion for sports, especially football. Getting this opportunity so early (in my college career) is the best I could ask for.”

“Just being able to help around the camp and to see the (NFL) players and their everyday routines is exciting,” added Plungas, an inside linebacker for the UAlbany football team.

Michael Galuski was also picked to work Giants training camp. It will be his second go-around at UAlbany, having previously worked there in 2010 while he was still a student at Cohoes High School.

“Just by being hired by him personally, there’s some pressure there,” said Michael Galuski. “Because we share the same last name, I want to make him look good.”

Kevin Galuski said he had no qualms rehiring his younger cousin. “Our family is brought up the right way. They’re all working class people who know how to do things right,” he said.

There are some changes for this year’s Giants training camp. Due to ongoing construction of UAlbany’s new football stadium next to SEFCU Arena, the practice fields have been moved closer to the field hockey and baseball fields. It also means “Autograph Alley” and the children’s play area must move, and spectators will have to park in the visitors’ lot off Collins Circle rather than the Dutch Quad lot. That lot will now be used for the players and VIPs, since the SEFCU Arena lot will not be available to them.

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