Chrissy Carew featured on The Neil Haley Show

Chrissy Carew featured on CarolRoth.com

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A Child Inspires Me Daily

Montell Owens Camp

My biggest business influencer is a child named Ajia. I met Ajai at a character building camp for kids run by NFL player Montell Owens. Ajia wasn’t feeling well. He was hungry. I joyfully took care of him. I founded Insightful Player to partner with NFL role models like Montell to empower youth. Breaking into the NFL was hard.I thought about giving up. Ajia kept me going. Many kids do not have a positive champion in their life. I created Insightful Player for Ajia & kids like him. Thanks Ajia!

Thanks to: Chrissy Carew of Insightful Player, LLC.

Giants’ Two Time Super Bowl Champion Perry Williams Named to Insightful Player Team for His Work Empowering Youth

Nashua, NH (August 11, 2014) – Former New York Giants cornerback and two-time Super Bowl winner Perry Williams has been named to the Insightful Player team because of his positive influence as a role model for youth.

Insightful Player®, a bold movement of hope that features inspiring stories and programs about great NFL role models to inspire youth features Williams’s story on the Insightful Player website: http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com/2014/08/11/perry-williams/

An Insightful Player® is a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children. Williams joins a roster of Insightful Players which includes: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks), Matthew Slater (Patriots), Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers), Benjamin Watson (Saints), Jason Campbell (Bengals), Roger Staubach (Cowboys), Devin McCourty (Patriots), Jason McCourty (Titans) and Usama Young (Raiders), among others. There are currently 4​8​ members on the Insightful Player team with more NFL players joining each week.

Insightful Player is an approved partner of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

“I am overjoyed to be able to add someone with the character, passion and dedication that Perry Williams exhibits as a member of the Insightful Player team.” said Chrissy Carew, founder of Insightful Player. “His personal mission to touch and transform the lives of young people through his work as a curriculum developer, camp director, motivational speaker and college instructor and as the spokesperson for Beyond the Laces, is transforming the lives of every child receiving his message.”

“In a day-and-age when most don’t recognize the value in putting an athlete’s expression of faith in print, Chrissy Carew—”Coach” Carew—demonstrates a courage that sets her above!” noted Williams.

“Her Insightful Player provides an honest view of the professional football player. This allows athletes of-faith to share who they really are. In this way we are better able to connect with our youth and positively impact them for their own hopeful future. Chrissy’s past success in accomplishing this is a demonstration of her excellent ability, wisdom, and heartfelt desire to improve our world.

“And, as we both share the same time-honored values, it is a joy to be part of Coach Carew‘s Insightful Player team. Together, we will reach the next generation to help improve youthful lives now, so they too, in turn, can “pay-it-forward” and make a difference, when they are successful adults. Thank you for including me in this most noble effort!”

To read Perry’s story visit, http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com/2014/08/11/perry-williams/

The Insightful Player® series is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Hall of Fame Master Certified and Board Ceritified Personal and Business Coach and Author of her book, INSIGHTFUL PLAYER: Football Pros Lead A Bold Movement of Hope. Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr. He is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach and baseball coach (as well as high school and college athlete). He used sports to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills. The Insightful Player® initiative was created to help make our world a much better place by inspiring youth. To contact Chrissy Carew visit http://www.insightfulplayer.com or call 603-897-0610.

Matthew Slater New England Patriots Special Teams Captain Joins the Insightful Player® team

Nashua, NH, July 28, 2014 – New England Patriots team captain Matthew Slater is the newest member of the Insightful Player team. A seven-year NFL veteran, Slater was selected to the Insightful Player team for his profound sense of spirituality, his love of family, his leadership skills, and his eagerness to reach out to the community.

Insightful Player®, a bold movement of hope that features inspiring stories, and programs about great NFL role models to inspire youth is now featuring Slater’s story on the Insightful Player website.

An Insightful Player® is a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children. Slater joins a roster of Insightful Players which includes: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks), Jason Campbell (Browns), Benjamin Watson (Saints), Jerricho Cotchery (Panthers), Steve Grogan (Patriots), Steve Nelson (Patriots), Andre Tippet (Patriots), Roger Staubach (Cowboys), Devin McCourty (Patriots), Jason McCourty (Titans), Kyle Arrington (Patriots) and Usama Young (Raiders), among others. There are currently 48 members on the Insightful Player team with more players joining each week.

Insightful Player is an approved partner of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

“Matthew Slater has been guided by his faith throughout his life and has always been motivated more by love and devotion to God and his family than by a wish for athletic glory or the adulation that comes with it. He is a very kind and humble man who has tremendous passion, for contributing to others. He brings out the best in everyone, and he leaves a permanent impression on your heart. Matthew is a caring leader, wonderful role model and a valued member of the Insightful Player team,” said Coach Carew, founder of Insightful Player.

Matthew said, “Insightful Player is great to get out a positive message that has substance and impact on the lives of young people and older people as well. I am encouraged that we have platforms like this to reach people in a positive way.”
To read Matthew’s story visit, http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com/2014/04/02/matthew-slater/

The Insightful Player® series is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Hall of Fame Master Certified and Board Ceritified Personal and Business Coach and Author of her book, INSIGHTFUL PLAYER: Football Pros Lead A Bold Movement of Hope. Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr. He is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach and baseball coach (as well as high school and college athlete). He used sports to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills. The Insightful Player® initiative was created to help make our world a much better place by inspiring youth. To contact Chrissy Carew visit http://www.insightfulplayer.com or call 603-897-0610.

Cancer Free – By Benjamin Watson

Written by
Insightful Player Benjamin Watson
Tight End for the New Orleans Saints

Taken From TheBenjaminWatson.com

Cancer Free

By: Benjamin Watson

Ben WatsonAssembling a winning NFL team is a very complex task. Organizations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure they have the right men in their locker rooms. Scouts watch hours and hours of film on potential free agents and rookies. They visit with them, conduct interviews and do background checks. Coaches and GMs attend college bowl games and all-star games as well as combines and pro days, all in hot pursuit of the players they think will help them capture an elusive Super Bowl Championship.

I’ve been in many different locker rooms throughout my NFL career. Yes, I’ve only played for three different clubs, but each year the locker room is a little different. You see, the locker room isn’t just a rectangular (and sometimes peculiarly fragrant), room with cubicles, cleats and quarterbacks. No, the real locker room is that group of 53 men who make up that final roster. It’s the mixture of their backgrounds, personalities, beliefs, and experiences and how they interact with each other on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. As you can imagine, it has the potential to be quite a combustible situation if you don’t have the right combination of men. Even though there is so much emphasis on bringing positive teammates into the locker room, a few bad apples always seem to slip though the cracks. The question is not if, but when they will infiltrate and poison the chemistry of the group. I’m sure you’ve heard of certain players in the league who are considered to be “cancers” wherever they go. They may be outrageously talented but their selfish, me first attitudes, are contagious and quickly spread, preventing a team from achieving their goals. These cancers must be identified, they must be confronted and if they continue to contaminate, they must be removed. The successful organizations in the NFL have players and coaches who are willing to address threats to the health of their locker room, no matter how tough the ensuing conversations or discipline may be.

Team sports aren’t the only arena where cancers rear their ugly head. In his 1st letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul had to deal with this very issue. Paul had established the church on his second missionary journey and was writing the Corinthians to, in essence, “call out” certain believers who were living in open unrepentant sin. First century Corinth, a port city in present day Greece, was one of the largest most powerful cities of the ancient world. It was also one of the most corrupt. By all historical accounts, it made Las Vegas look like Mayberry. The city boasted numerous temples to various Greek gods. In fact, over a thousand priestesses served as prostitutes at the temple of Aphrodite, offering sex to merchants, and seaman and anyone else who would join in their acts of “worship.” Consequently, sex in any way shape and form was accepted and celebrated in Corinth. To “live like a Corinthian” became synonymous with a drunken and immoral lifestyle. The body of believers in Corinth was now living for Christ amidst the corrupt society they used to be enthusiastic participants of. In his letter, Paul addresses a specific situation where a man is having an affair with his father’s wife (1 Cor 5:1). Much more than this man’s actions; he is appalled that the church had not disciplined their brother, allowing him to continue in his downward spiral of public sin. He admonishes them saying, “Don’t you know that a little yeast works though the whole batch of dough? “(1 Cor 5:6) For all of you non-bakers out there (of which I am one) let me tell you about yeast. Yeast is a powerful fungus that is used in dough to transform it into the soft, spongy textured baked goods we are all used to. A small amount of yeast will make an entire loaf rise. Without it, your French bread would just be flatbread. Throughout scripture yeast is used mainly as a metaphor for sin. Paul goes on to warn them “not to associate with anyone who calls himself a brother (in Christ), but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat” he says. Paul is not instructing the church to shun unbelievers here. We are to still carry the message of salvation to the world. On the contrary, he is specifically talking about those who claim to be believers yet indulge in continual blatant sin without repentance. He warns the believers to disassociate themselves with this person less their rationalization of sin spread like a cancer and negatively affect the whole assembly, as well as those they are trying to reach with the Good News. Allowing open sin to become normative would no doubt lower the morality standard of the group, thus distancing them from intimacy with the God they serve, making them no different than the world around them. We are to get rid of the “old yeast” of sin and because of Christ sacrifice, embrace “the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.” (vs. 7,8)

It can be challenging and downright uncomfortable to confront a brother or sister who is living in habitual sin. Our minds inevitably start to rationalize and fill with doubt. “Who am I to judge? How will they respond to what I say? Will others perceive me as being ‘holier than thou’?” The question we should be asking ourselves is “How can I say I love my brother but allow him to continue living in reckless rebellion?” To take it a step further “ How can I say I love my church, bible study group, team, circle of friends, coworkers, classmates if I allow these cancerous actions and attitudes to spread and cause dysfunction and division in the entire group? What Paul was encouraging the Corinthian church to do was not an act of cruelty or condemnation, but one of love for this man and for the rest of the body of believers. Sometimes a loving, challenging, rebuke is all the encouragement a believer needs to realize the folly of his or her deeds and respond with a repentant heart. And sometimes, being expelled from the group is the only way remorse and change will ever take place.

Take a moment to think about the people in your life circles; the people at your job, school, and social club, gym, church and even your home. Are there any cancers in your various “locker rooms”? As a leader amongst your peers or in certain personal relationships is it time to address the proverbial “elephant” that is dividing the room? Maybe it is time to break fellowship with someone who is continuing to have a negative, ungodly influence on your life. These relationships inhibit your ability to grow into the person God wants you to be. Oh, and If you can’t think of that cancer… maybe its time to look introspectively to see if that cancer is you! I know I’ve had my share of cancerous moments.

Like an NFL coach and the locker room, Paul’s chief concern was maintaining the healthy function of the Corinthian church so that it would continue to grow individually and collectively, and so that it would be a beacon of light among the darkness around them. In order for our interpersonal relationships as well as our spiritual lives to flourish, we must be willing to identify, remove and repent from sinful “yeast” that creeps into our own lives as well as confront this cancer in the lives of those closest to us. Whatever and wherever your locker room is, God has placed you there for His purposes. Don’t let cancer impede your progress or discredit your witness. Infected football teams will never win championships. Likewise, compromising churches will never meet their soul winning potential. Accept the challenge from Coach Paul, today, and “Keep your locker room cancer free!”

Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Exodus 12:14-21, Matthew 16:6