Anthony "Champ" Kelly Passes It On

By: Ted Williams Email
By: Ted Williams Email

Southport, FL-- The 4th annual C.H.A.M.P. Camp wrapped up Saturday at Bozeman High School.

The camp was started by Campbellton native and Graceville Graduate Anthony "Champ" Kelly's goal in life is to give something to the Panhandle he never had as a kid,

"I grew up in Campleton, Florida. Everybody knows the population is small. We got one stop light, two gas stations that close around 8 o'clock and to be able to allow a free camp with this type of coaching and instruction and the type of coaches that fly in to help these kids is absolutely tremendous. I wasn't able to go to camps like this when I was growing up and so it meant everything in the world to me to be able to bring this back to this area."

After graduating from Graceville, Champ played four years at Kentucky. Then after a few years with a United Indoor Football team, Kelly started working for the Denver Bronco's Front Office, living out the message that he wants every small town kid to hear,

"It doesn't matter your current circumstance. It doesn't matter how much money you have, you know, if you're with a single parent, it doesn't matter where you're from, what school you go to. What matters is your attitude and if you believe that you can be great, you can be great. That's what we try to get across to the kids today."

Kelly has made it a point of emphasis to make the camp about instilling the core values of Character, Heart, Attitude, Motivation and Pride, hence the acronym C.H.A.M.P.

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