Oh, Canada! Tyrone Crawford Returns to Windsor, Brings Cowboys Teammates for Youth Football Camp
Tyrone Crawford got some help from Cowboys teammates when he returned home to Ontario over the weekend for his annual Windsor’s Finest Football Academy which he co-founded with his cousin, Daryl Townsend, a defensive back for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.
Making the trip from Dallas to Windsor were Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Maliek Collins as well as former Cowboys teammates Kyle Wilber and Jack Crawford.
“They really don’t know what the weather is like here,” Crawford joked with The Windsor Star when asked how he lured teammates to make the trek from Texas to Canada. “We try to make it a good atmosphere and show them the best of Windsor. Windsor is talked about in our locker room. We show them a good time.”
Crawford’s camp works in conjunction with NFL Canada’s Play 60 program which promotes youth health & wellness. The pro players also take time at the camp to address the issue of bullying. Crawford’s foundation is strong in its anti-bullying message as he shares personal experiences from his time growing up in Windsor.
Saturday’s football camp was the culmination of three days of events for Crawford which included a visit to his old high school on Thursday, followed by Friday’s Jumpstart Games with 250 kids taking part in activities at University of Windsor. On Friday evening, Crawford and his teammates attended a fundraiser dinnhttp://www.5pointsblue.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=23895&action=edit#er for Jumpstart.
During his Thursday visit to his alma mater, Catholic Central, Crawford got in some time on the basketball court as well as classrooms and assemblies.
“It’s a downtown school, it’s a melting pot school and it grew me as a person and made me a stronger person,” he told The Windsor Star. “I definitely gained a lot of mentors here. The teachers here care for the kids. It was a blessing coming to this high school.”
One of Crawford’s former coaches, Jalil Koury, says Crawford’s return sets the tone for current students.
“This is a young man who walked the same halls and grew up in the same neighborhood,” Khoury told Mary Caton of The Windsor Star. “He provides them an opportunity for hope. Young people look to and aspire to emulate someone in a position of success. Who better than this guy?”