NASHVILLE – Tight end Anthony Firkser worked to established himself in Nashville, with the Titans.
On Sunday, Firkser gave back to the community with his first football camp for kids.
Roughly 80 campers, ages 7-16, showed up at D1 in Franklin to learn from Firkser and a good number of his teammates.
"Just being with the Titans for three years now, going on my fourth, I've spent some time here," Firkser said. "And I thought it was a good opportunity to let the (campers) meet me and a bunch of my teammates. It's a chance to show them we're just like them, and give them some guys to look up to.
"My main goal is to explain to them that I was in the same position as they were, loving sports growing up, and doing whatever it takes to be on team. I wanted to tell them ways to push themselves through challenges, and be able to reach your dreams at the end of it. Just be able to give them a visual of a person they can relate to and see themselves there one day if they have that dream."
Firkser, a native of Manalapan, New Jersey, who played in college at Harvard, joined the Titans during the 2018 offseason after spending time previously with the Jets and Chiefs. Firkser caught 39 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown in 2020.
In addition to Firkser, quarterback Logan Woodside, fullback Khari Blasingame, receiver Josh Reynolds, tight end Tommy Hudson, tight end Miller Forristall, receiver Mason Kinsey, and cornerback Elijah Molden all took part as coaches.
All proceeds for the camp went to Caring Hearts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps families in need in Nashville and Mexico.
"I think it went really well," Firkser said of the camp. "I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of teammates come out and volunteer with the kids, and it was a fun experience for all of them. To use football as an opportunity to bring everyone together, it's great. It's a way to give back to the fan base, which has been important in my growth."