Dartmouth resident Nick Liberatore has one heck of a football kick, and he had dreams of continuing to develop his skills into adulthood. But because his high school didn’t have a film program (and most universities judge athletic performance through video clips), Liberatore had no way to show off his technique when he was applying to different institutions.
That is, until he approached his friend, and fellow student Hayden Hicks Redden.
Hicks Redden was already an avid filmmaker with his own YouTube channel. After seeing Liberatore’s skills on the field, he agreed to shoot a few of his trick shots. Some of these manoeuvres involved kicking footballs into basketball nets, over rivers, and even kicking a ball in such a way that it knocked a bottle off of a person’s head.
It all started out as something the pair would do for fun, but it quickly became serious business.
“One shot we were trying, we were on it for two days,” Hicks Redden said.
About 100 hours of work went into each video. You can see one of them below:
Thankfully, all that hard work paid off. Liberatore sent the videos to a football coach at Queen’s University, and received a full athletic scholarship in return.
While Hicks Redden and Liberatore are unfortunately going to different universities in the fall, they plan on making more collaborations in the future. You can see the very first video they shot together right here.