United Way, Police Athletic League, Chris Canty Foundation Team Up To Help Underprivileged Kids
The Chris Canty Camp of Champions was in New York for the first time this summer. New York Giants Defensive Lineman Chris Canty and other NFL players taught on and off the field skills to campers, most of who hail from underprivileged families. The two-day camp is sponsored by the Chris Canty Foundation, United Way of New York City, and the Police Athletic League of New York City.
“Achieve all your dreams and make them a priority in your life," Chris Canty told the kids during camp.
"Fitness is a crucial component in battling childhood obesity and increasing healthy lifestyles,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, senior vice president of community investment, United Way of NYC. “We’re proud to partner with The Chris Canty Foundation in presenting the Chris Canty Camp of Champions, which is providing 325 New York City kids the opportunity to learn about exercise and health from their football heroes.”
The Camp was founded in 2007 by Chris Canty, starting Defensive tackle of the Super Bowl XLVI New York Giants. The two-day football camp is committed to elevating the quality of youth football skills for boys ages 8-16 and is a non-contact, fundamental football camp designed to improve a child’s beginning, intermediate, or advanced skill level.
United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City fights poverty across the five boroughs. It works with individuals, communities and organizations from all sectors to design and invest in outcome-driven programs that help low-income New Yorkers achieve educational success, income stability and good health. Visit www.UnitedWayNYC.org.
Police Athletic League
Since 1914, the Police Athletic League has been serving New York City’s youth with safe, structured programming designed to engage boys and girls in positive activities that improve their quality of life, present developmental opportunities, and offer the prospect of a brighter future. What started out as the closing of streets by the New York City Police Department to enable the city’s unsupervised youth to play became a citywide Cops & Kids movement and later national model that brought communities and police together in ways that prevail to this day. Visit www.palnyc.org.
Chris Canty Foundation
During the past five years, the Chris Canty Foundation has been dedicated to helping young people by inspiring them to achieve excellence in three distinct areas—education, fitness and community service. Its educational programs and community service activities take a holistic approach to the development of children, engaging not only the kids, but their neighborhoods and families as well. Visit www.chriscantyfoundation.com.