Canty eager to begin practice next month

Chris Canty was on a football field showing kids in Washington Heights how to play football on Thursday.

By the end of next month at training camp, he hopes to get clearance to be back on a football field and begin practicing with his Giants teammates.

“Everything is good (with the knee),” said Canty, who is hosting 350 kids at the Chris Canty Camp of Champions at George Washington High School. “I am out here running around with the kids, having a great time, we are just waiting for the final clearance from Dr. Warren and the medical staff. That should come in the next month and we will be ready to go.”

Canty rested his surgically-repaired left knee during OTAs and minicamp after playing hurt for much of the last part of the season.

But he is eager to begin the Giants’ title defense with what he thinks will be a better Giants defense this season.

“We understand how we have to play in order to be successful,” Canty said. “We got to get back to what we were doing at the end of the regular season and into the postseason and carry some of those lessons that we learned into the 2012 campaign.”

Canty and a few of his Giants teammates are instructing kids from New York City between the ages of 8 and 16 at Canty’s football camp on Thursday and Friday.

A hundred kids were selected by the United Way, another 100 were chosen by the Police Athletic League and the final 150 were tabbed by the Canty Foundation.

“This is home,” said Joseph Canty, president and chairman of the Chris Canty Foundation which previously held its football camp in Charlotte. “This is where we’re from. This is where our family was raised initially and this is where we really learned and where it all started for us.”

“To see over 300 kids out here and be a part of developing champions every single day in life, that is what this foundation and camp is about. Having 25 professional athletes here says something to the kids, the communities, our partners.”

Canty was thrilled to use his status as a Super Bowl champion to help under-served youth.

“Being a Super Bowl champion, your platform is that much bigger,” Canty said. “Your impact on kids becomes so much greater and that is what we are after. Winning a Super Bowl is great but this is the most fulfilling thing that I do, having an opportunity to give back to these kids.”