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Lansanah, Gaskins provide important message to kids

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 01:07 AM CDT

Posted by: Jason Bristol

HARRISBURG -- Overcoming the odds and how to handle adversity.

Count Harrisburg native Danny Lansanah as an expert on both.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, along with New York Giants running back Kendall Gaskins, spent part of Friday sharing his unique story to students at Capital Academy in Harrisburg.

Lansanah made the National Football League as an undrafted free agent in 2008 with the Green Bay Packers. After being released, he didn't play another regular season game until this past December -- a span of five years.

Lansanah's goal is to provide the children with a sense of hope.

"They see us on TV, but they really seldom see NFL players walk into school and give them motivation to be great," said Lansanah, who signed with football teams in Canada and the now-defunct United Football League, respectively, before returning to the NFL.

Gaskins' climb to the pros hasn't been easy, either. He was not drafted after attending Richmond and has been a member of both the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans before landing with the Giants.

Each player answered whatever questions the students had.

"We're just here today discussing adversity and just trying to preach greatness to the kids; just show them support," said Gaskins, a New Jersey native who's in Harrisburg for offseason training with Lansanah.

"We just want to give back to the community."

Lansanah, Gaskins provide important message to kids


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Monday's Games

Pittsburgh 18, Philadelphia 4

St. Louis 6, Washington 2

Atlanta 4, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 6, tie, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1

Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

San Diego 6, Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 11, Colorado 2

Kansas City 11, Texas 7

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 2

Toronto 7, Houston 4

Boston 14, Minnesota 2

Tuesday's Games

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Tuesday's Games

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

 
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