Speaker Ryan Neill with his wife, Mom and Dad (his Dad, former NY Giants lineman)
West Long Branch: On Saturday morning, more than 400 athletes gathered at Branches in West Long Branch for the annual Super Bowl breakfast, as usual the event was sold out. The “All You Can Eat” buffet line opened promptly at 8am so there was no long line. Athletes from all over the state of New Jersey attended. Harry Flaherty, FCA NJ Director and his team had a game plan in place to rival Tom Coughlin and the NY Giants.
Harry welcomed the crowd, and Lee Rouson, a former NY Giant and FCA Representative led the group in an opening prayer. By the way, there was a lot of Giant blue in the room. Testimonies were given by Matthew Liccardi, from Immaculata HS, and Eric LeGrand from Rutgers University. Tiffany Neil, a field hockey coach for Farleigh Dickinson University and Bill Gorski from The Delbarton School spoke about the Coaches Ministry.
Next up was Ryan Neill, the guest speaker. Ryan was an All-American from Rutgers and was signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2006 and played 3 seasons for them as a defensive end a total of 5 season in the NFL before several knee injuries sidelined him . Ryan brought the message of Jeremiah 29:11 to the crowd, “Plans to give you hope and a future”. He is retired from football now and is employed by Stryker Orthopaedics in their Sports Medicine Division. His wife, mom and dad were in audience, his dad, Bill Neill, was a former NFL lineman for the NY Giants.
FCA reaches nearly 2 million athletes a year. It is with their “4C’s” of Ministry: Coaches, Campus, Camp and Community that they do this. Keith Elias, a former NY Giant led the group in a closing prayer. If you were lucky enough you could have also walked away from the Silent Auction that included some pretty awesome sports memorabilia.
To find out more about the FCA, check out their web site at www.fcanj.org