Redskins running back mates
Hightower and his teammates entered the school and were greeted by a crowd of cheering students. They addressed the assembled student body about the importance of good health.
“We play football, and that’s how we choose to stay healthy,” Hightower said. “We’re here to remind you, every single day, to go outside and play basketball, football, just run and have fun with your friends."
"Stay outside as long as you can — after you do your homework,” he added with a laugh.
Even though Hightower suffered a season-ending knee ligament injury on Oct. 23, he was eager to attend the PLAY 60 event. With the help of his teammates, Hightower led students in fitness activities as part of NFL’s Play 60 campaign to help kids get 60 minutes of exercise a day.
On behalf of the campaign, the Redskins players presented the school with a $10,000 grant for health and wellness programming and equipment.
Hightower also introduced his mother Nikki, who spoke to the students before presenting the Proctor & Gamble “P&G Super Parent” award to Mindy Smith, one of the parents at the school.
On behalf of Smith, Proctor & Gamble presented the school’s athletic department with a $1,000 check.
“I want you to just look at your little bodies,” Nikki Hightower told the students. “And if you don’t remember anything else, I want you to remember that you are beautifully and wonderfully made. But your body cannot go on unless you give it activity.
“We’re here today, to encourage you to go outside and live an active lifestyle.”
The “NFL Play 60 Super School” program focuses on inspiring students to make healthy choices.
The contest encouraged students to demonstrate their passion for their favorite NFL teams and their excitement for the 2011 season by planning a unique Back to Football Friday event for their school, all to support youth health and wellness.
Schools that entered the Back to Football Friday contest submitted photos of their event and answered brief essay questions. Thirty-four winning schools were selected as “NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools,” one in each of the 32 NFL markets and two at-large winners.