CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Another year, another great turnout for the Chris Canty Camp of Champions Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Latin High School. Nearly 300 campers and their parents turned out to learn the ropes from former Latin Star and current Baltimore Ravens Defensive End Chris Canty.
This is the sixth year of the camp and it never gets old. Canty said, "It's great to hear the story about the kids who have completely turned it around because of this camp. We are just thrilled about it and that's why we continue to invest in kids and this community because this community has given us so much."
This year the Chris Canty Foundation in conjunction with Verizon Wireless, also asked parents and campers to donate used cell phones for the "Hopeline" Intiative. Those phones would go toward helping abused and battered women. Canty Foundation President and CEO Joe Canty said, "Something as subtle as giving the phone helps teach youth about conflict resolution and healthy relationships, it helps them learn qualities that will lead to healthy relationships down the road."
Canty, who walked on to the Charlotte Latin football team as a junior, was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005. He won a Super Bowl Championship with the New York Giants in 2012, and signed a three year contract with the Ravens earlier this spring.