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Canty inspires young Bahamians on and off the gridiron

  • Prime Minister Perry Christie gives a gift to Chris Canty of the Chris Canty Foundation yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister. Edward Russell III / TNG

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Jul 12, 2012

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Defensive lineman, for the New York Giants, Chris Canty went one-on-one with young Bahamians emphasizing the importance of creating a balance on and off the gridiron.

 

His two-day camp was a part of the Chris Canty Foundation, held in conjunction with the Western North Carolina Conference Methodist Church. More than 50 Bahamians took part and were introduced to the daily workout regiment of a professional player in the National Football League (NFL). In his message, he also highlighted the importance of having a spiritual presence in your life.

 

“It has been an awesome experience,” said Canty, who is visiting The Bahamas for the first time. “We’ve had a great time doing the mission work and working with the kids through the football camp that we have done. Working with the local ministry and just being able to share the gospel with the people here. It has been great. The hospitality was amazing. Everyone has treated us very, very well. I am just excited about the opportunity to come back next year and do it again.

 

“We had about 50 kids in the camp they had an awesome experience. Some of the testimonies that the campers shared was just amazing.

 

It was so inspiring, I can’t wait to go back to New York where I will be able to share some of those testimonies and give people a little more insight where we will be able to cultivate the path and  make it bigger and better next year.”

 

Canty and a team of volunteers took the campers through a series of drills that tested their athletic ability.

 

He added: “There are a number of drills we do and the work load is very different. So we introduced them to that. Basically the routine that we do on the practice field. This experience is something I won’t forget. It was of one of those things where we used the platform through sports to be able to articulate certain messages like teamwork, communication, leadership and hard work to the campers.

 

These are lessons that extend way beyond the gridiron and messages that they will have for the rest of their lives. The spiritual message that we sent was to always walk in God’s purpose. Make sure that you read the word of God and understand what he has for you. Discipline yourself so that you will be able to walk in that purpose.”

 

The Chris Canty Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the total development of youth in various communities. Using sports as a platform, the foundation is designed to bring a positive change through mentorship, providing educational programs and physical activities, which promote a healthy living.

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