On a cloudy Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale 65 members showed up for the 5th Annual Channing Crowder Football Clinic at the Lester H. White club, but they got much more.
Channing Crowder is a retired NFL player, family man and radio personality. He invited a few of his NFL friends, also club alumni, to spend quality time with members. They ran football skill drills and had a fun game of flag football. Kenyan Drake (Starting Running Back for the Dolphins), Kendall Langford (Free agent), David Bowens (retired Dolphin) and Terry Kirby (retired Dolphin) encouraged participants to do their best and demonstrate sportsmanship. Channing told the members he loved them at least 5 times. When asked why they were there, the members, who included girls and boys from 7 to 16, in unison responded “because you care for us”! The message was clear.
Channing and friends autographed t-shirts, casts and whatever could be signed.
Each member received a t-shirt and gift bag as well as breakfast and lunch and a full heart. Some even received special awards for character, teamwork and persistence.
Although it didn’t rain and the sun never shined, the smiles on the kids’ faces were so bright, you couldn’t tell.
Channing left the building barefoot – he continued his tradition of signing his shoes and giving them away.
Thank you Channing and friends for caring.