It has been a busy time for Santonio Holmes since he arrived on the Jets.
On the field he’s been showing his receiving skills on a daily basis. "There are times," head coach Rex Ryan said last week, "when he looks like the best player on the field."
And off the field, Holmes continues his fast pace of activities in the community — and especially for the kids.
The next circled date on the calendar for "Tone" is the FINESSE full-contact football camp for youth players from the ages of 7-14. FINESSE stands for Families Intent on Nurturing and Encouraging Scholastic and Sports Excellence. The camp is being held from Saturday through Wednesday at Florida Atlantic University.
Holmes, from Belle Glade, Fla., is sponsoring six kids from his hometown to participate in the camp.
A week from today Holmes drops in as a counselor at fellow Jets wide receiver David Clowney’s second annual youth football camp, held at the Delray Beach, Fla., soccer complex.
Then on July 3, Holmes and running back Fred Taylor host their annual football camp in Belle Glade.
And Holmes will join Clowney on the David Clowney Foundation’s mission to Ghana, Africa. That trip will run from July 19-27, with the players returned stateside five days before the Jets head to Cortland, N.Y., to open this year’s training camp.
Further down the road, Holmes and Taylor team up again Nov. 23 for their annual Thanksgiving dinner giveaway in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club in Belle Glade.
We asked Holmes about his busy community schedule.
"Giving back to the community is my way of showing my appreciation to those that have encouraged me to follow my dreams," he said. "I want to be an inspiration to show that no matter where people are from, with a lot of hard work and dedication anyone can do or be anything they dream."
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