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Education over sports key to success

First Posted: 3:23 am - August 3rd, 2015 - Views

By Ryan DeCosta - rdecosta@civitasmedia.com



Carlos King, left, Farando “Sly” Best and George Williams, right, work together Saturday night for a football camp. King and Williams are ex-NFL players, with Williams winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
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Elkin freshman Tyjae Townsend makes a one-handed catch during a football camp hosted by two ex-NFL players Saturday night.
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There’s nothing small about community, and Farando “Sly” Best knows a lot about keeping one strong through football.

Best, along with I Support My Community, hosted a football camp Saturday night, and brought two ex-NFL players with them. One of them, George Williams, earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in his playing days, while Carlos King was a star at Starmount before playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos. Both players jumped at the opportunity to provide kids a great camp.

“To me, it’s important to show kids that it can be done from this [small] area,” Williams said. “These kids have something tangible now, to see two people who came from a small school, went to college, got an education and went on to play professionally.”

The camp was open to all ages and all areas, and Best said he hopes to continue to run camps as long as the interest stays high. The value of education has been heavily stressed in Best’s past camps, and will continue to be the main focus of the camps.

“You have to stay in school, education’s first, sports second, because to make it in college or the NFL is going to be hard, but to get an education, nobody can take that away from you,” King said.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

Carlos King, left, Farando “Sly” Best and George Williams, right, work together Saturday night for a football camp. King and Williams are ex-NFL players, with Williams winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_2894.jpg Carlos King, left, Farando “Sly” Best and George Williams, right, work together Saturday night for a football camp. King and Williams are ex-NFL players, with Williams winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Elkin freshman Tyjae Townsend makes a one-handed catch during a football camp hosted by two ex-NFL players Saturday night.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_2899.jpg Elkin freshman Tyjae Townsend makes a one-handed catch during a football camp hosted by two ex-NFL players Saturday night. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

By Ryan DeCosta

rdecosta@civitasmedia.com

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