The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation (WRCF) and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association on Tuesday teamed up to host the Fuel Up To Play 60 Mini-Combine at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
More than 200 Loudoun County elementary school students were joined at the event by running backs Alfred Morris and Silas Redd, fullback Darrel Young, tight end Niles Paul, linebacker Everette Brown, cornerbacks Chase Minnifield and E.J. Biggers, safeties Akeem Davis and Brandon Meriweather, long snapper Nick Sundberg, kicker Kai Forbath and punter Tress Way.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association teamed up to host the Fuel Up to Play 60 Mini-Combine on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. ??? 1 p.m. at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.
The players served as group leaders for four different groups of students that would go through different stations that promoted physical fitness and healthy lifestyle habits through proper nutrition.
One of the stations was hip-hop dancing that mixed synchronized dancing with constant movement.
Right in the middle of his group was Morris, surrounded by students trying to emulate his moves.
“It’s awesome,” Morris said of having the students follow his lead. “Just to see the excitement and how happy they are and how loud they are. I love stuff like that. It’s just an awesome experience to see the thrill on the kids’ faces when they get to meet us.”
Biggers, meanwhile, led his group through an obstacle course, combining agility and speed drills.
Taking a step back for a minute, the Western Michigan product said he hopes that the students will continue to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.
“Just getting youth and kids to be active, to reduce the diseases that are becoming more and more prevalent in the communities today is very important,” he said. “Just keeping kids informed on being active at least 60 minutes a day and just keeping them healthier and reducing the risk that are coming upon the world today is something I hope will keep happening.”
While the event only last for a few hours, Sharon Piano, Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Manager, said these events have a lasting impact on participants.
“Events like this have such a large impact on children,” she said. “They are able to experience first-hand the value of an active lifestyle and the importance of healthy eating. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program has become an integral part of many schools, and we hope the program continues to grow.”
At the conclusion of the event, Morris – the 2013 Redskins Walter Payton Man of the Year – presented grants to each school of behalf of WRCF and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.
In June, the Florida Atlantic product hosted the inaugural “Movies with Morris’ fundraiser with all proceeds going to four Loudon County schools that will use the funds to continue educating students of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
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