‘From Foursquare to Relay Races’: Ben Young All Sports Camp Captures Summertime Fun

Summer camp is a time of tantalizing fun. A week of warm-hearted and wondrous joy. A never-ending era of eager, enlivened, and empowered children on a quest for the best few days of their lives. Summer camp represents hours of freedom from parents, days of hanging with friends, and a constant stream of excitement. From learning to play soccer to camp-wide capture the flag, each day of camp represents a new opportunity to try new things and meet new people. 

In the hyper-competitive town of New Canaan, it can feel like there is no end to the grueling hours of work needed to succeed on the court or the field.

‘We Had The Potential To Beat Any Team In The State’: Boy’s Hockey Sees Bittersweet End To Season

Back-breaking, bone-crunching, heart-stopping hits. Sliding skates and piles of pads to protect players from their opponents’ malicious punches. Hockey is a game like no other. It requires the toughness of a boxer and the precision of a golfer, all while skating on ice. In such a grueling sport, there are two possible outcomes: spectacular triumph or disgruntling defeat.

‘I Feel Very Blessed’: NCHS ‘16 Grad Lucas Niang Wins Super Bowl with KC Chiefs

Twenty thousand residents of the town, 40 players on the New Canaan High School Football team. A handful of Rams move on to play football at the college level each year, and just 1.6% of college football players make it to the NFL. 

Yet against all odds, the residents of New Canaan on Sunday saw one of their own playing on the sport’s biggest stage. New Canaan High School class of 2016 alumnus Lucas Niang has defied the odds his whole career, and saw his hard work pay off when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII. 

“Playing in the Super Bowl is what I have dreamt of since I was playing PeeWee football in third grade,” Niang told NewCanaanite.com when asked what the Super Bowl means to him. “It is an unbelievable experience and I feel very blessed to get to this point.”

Niang is a 6’6”, 315-pound offensive tackle for Kansas City, and is in his second year playing in the NFL. He was drafted 96th overall in the 2020 draft, yet sat out his first season due to COVID-19.