By Richard Dawson
It is not often that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fontana gets visitors, but Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Carter came back to his hometown and took time to speak with the kids at Almeria Middle School on Tuesday, July 8.
A Fontana Kaiser graduate, Carter has been in the NFL for four years and he takes the time in his offseason to visit with Fontana’s youth because he knows when kids are young that it is easy to get side tracked.
“When you commit to something, stick with it,” Carter told the kids. “A lot of times in life, you’re going to run into people who tell your goals are crazy. You have to be strong enough to stand up to it, and become the doctor or lawyer you want to be, or in my case it was a football player.”
Education, setting goals, being healthy and facing adversity were the key points Carter touched on during his speech.
“You get thrown into a competitive world,” said Carter. “And you’re equipped to handle it or you’re not, but you make those decisions today, here at this program, in the classroom or playing sports, whatever it is you do, you decide to compete or not.”
Carter also spoke of overcoming a badly broken ankle he suffered during his sophomore year of high school and having to learn to walk, let alone run again.
The appearance even featured a phone call to Carter from Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren, who expressed gratitude to Chris and his family for all they have done in giving back to the community.
Carter and his parents, David and LaGenia, created the Chris Carter For Youth Foundation to assist kids with after-school tutoring in 2013.
The Boys and Girls Club of Fontana is one of the largest in Southern California, hosting about 300 kids, ages 7-17, on a daily basis during its Summer Day Camp.