Providing underprivileged children with extracurricular activities such as arts and athletics has long been seen as a way to offer them greater opportunities, and Super Bowl champion Chris Canty is continuing the tradition. The New York Giants star recently hosted the Chris Canty Camp of Champions to provide youngsters in the New York City area a place to learn life skills from the pros.
The event, which was put on with help from the United Way and the Police Athletic League, welcomed hundreds of children to Manhattan's George Washington High School. While designed as a way to build the campers' skills on the gridiron, it is also meant to be a way to encourage healthy living to help set the campers down the right path.
"Our program is about teaching the kids how to be good leaders, how to make the right choices and how to believe in themselves," said Joseph Canty Jr., president and chairman of the Chris Canty Foundation.
While not all kids will get to attend a camp hosted by an NFL player, there are many charities dedicated to teaching youngsters life lessons through sports. Among them is the King of the Court Tennis Ministry, which offers economically disadvantaged children everything from tutoring to mentoring while helping them stay physically active through tennis.
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