Atlantic High School Student Raising Money to Attend Football Camp and Chance to Play for USA Football

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Atlantic Community High School sophomore middle linebacker Chanler Ferguson is spending the early part of his summer writing letters, emails and visiting church leaders for support, to raise $1,250 to attend a football camp in July at Towson University that could earn him a spot to play for USA Football in the International Bowl against Team Canada in February 2015. His church, the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, 40 NW Fourth Ave., is the first of hopefully many lending support to Ferguson. “Dear Sports Fans: I am an Atlantic High School Varsity Football Player and I am reaching out to you to solicit your support. In February, I had an awesome opportunity to participate in a two day Regional Football camp in Orlando, facilitated by USA Football. USA Football is a non-profit organization.  This organization oversees all U.S. National teams in football, so you can understand how incredibly excited and humbled I am to have this opportunity,” Ferguson wrote. In the 322-word letter/email, Ferguson also explains that “the National Development Games serve as the key evaluation event for the selection of the U.S. National Teams. Athletes who attend the Development Games will have the best opportunity to display their skill, strength and God given-ability to earn a roster spot on the U.S. National Team that will compete against Canada in the International Bowl.” “As my passion is football and I live for the excitement and the game on the field, you can imagine my desire to go. This event will require my focus, dedication and the talent that God has blessed me with to compete for a spot. But it also requires a little money. To attend development week there is a cost of $850.00, and that’s where you my biggest fans come in. I am asking for all to please help and sponsor me to continue to develop my passion and skill, and pursue what I truly enjoy. I am excited about the opportunity set before me and would love it if you would help me get there. Thank you for your time and support in advance,” Ferguson wrote. He will also need to raise about $400 in additional funds to cover the round trip airplane tickets to Baltimore in mid-July. Grand total he needs to raise is $1,250. At a recent camp this past February, A USA Regional Football camp in Orlando, Ferguson played in front of college football scouts from the University of Central Florida, Florida International University and the University of South Florida. In a recent spring football game this May against the Park Vista Cobras, Ferguson led the Atlantic defense in tackles and had an interception in a 13-0 shutout of Park Vista in Lake Worth. His highlights in that game had 534 views at press time on the website Hudl where Ferguson has his own profile page with video streaming highlights of his performance in the game: www.hudl.com/athlete/2876406/highlights/147945377. The highlights are also a hit on Facebook and Instagram. Off the field, Ferguson works on his academics with Prep and Sports, a provider of programs that provide academic guidance and athletic performance training founded by current Atlantic High Football coach T.J. Jackson. Prep and Sports regularly trains with the support of the City of Delray Beach at the Seacrest Soccer Complex, 2505 Seacrest, Blvd, and academics at Atlantic Community High School, 2455 W. Atlantic Ave. “T.J. is a lot like a second father to me. He’s one phone call away. But, not just for me, for the whole team. School and academics is first when it comes to him and I take academics seriously,” Ferguson said. Ferguson also is a wrestling star on the Atlantic High School Wrestling team where he competed last year at states going 2-2 in the 220 lbs. class. His favorite football player is Ray Lewis and he loves helping out others. “I’m not a selfish person. I want to help my parents and family. If I beat a running back on a play I tell them to get up and get right back at it. I love completion. I love giving information to younger players,” Ferguson said. For more information contact Chanler Ferguson at chanlerferguson@gmail.com or call him at 561-222-6350. Chanler Ferguson also has a Go Fund Me link at: www.gofundme.com/9x1kp0