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B'ville Faces Profile: Coach Carl Sanfilippo

Do you feel that kids have changed?

Kids have basically stayed the same. It's the parents that have changed. If you keep expectations realistic and logical, kids will attain them. They really want structure and security in their lives.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

I own a scuba diving business called Freedom Scuba USA. I am very passionate about a program called Sea The World. It's a scuba program for children with disabilities. It's a Baldwinsville summer school-program that's not just about diving, but how it has a positive impact on these kids. It teaches them self-confidence and about having a better self-image and sense of worth and accomplishment. You should see the smiles on their faces. They are so much fun.

Any final thoughts or advice?

People stereotype football, but it's really not about football. It's where you end up 15 years from now. It's about integrity, community, family and having a purpose in life. The same thing goes for any other sport. It's not about the game as much as it is about learning life's lessons. So, do whatever is good for you . . . and do it well. Life is a journey, not a destination . . . and my life is always a journey.

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