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May I Have The Dance Of Origin? Running Man Hits Redskins Park For Spelling Bee


During the first week of OTAs, it's mostly business for Washington as they prepare to repeat as NFC East champions in 2016. But the Redskins weren't the only ones competing in the DMV this week.

Since last Sunday, children under 15 competed for right to be named winner of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. 

Along with the Spelling Bee contestants, members of the Redskins, the Washington Mystics and even Capitals mascot Slapshot and Wizards mascot G-Wiz joined in on the action as they all performed their own version of the Running Man Challenge.

Although the players were not present in Maryland, they still found a way to participate and show the kids that it is not just about competing, but about having fun too.

Spelling Bee #RunningManChallenge is 🐐

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As seen in the video, contestants were dispersed throughout various sports facilities and monuments in Washington D.C., as they showed off their dance moves with the athletes. Redskins players taking part included Bashaud Breeland, Ricky Jean Francois, Josh Norman and Pierre Garçon.

Ready for my chance at the spelling bee lol #SpellingBee #HTTR

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As for the results, for the third straight year, a pair of winners were announced co-champions on Thursday. Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Corning, N.Y., shared the trophy.

"It was just insane," Hathwar said. "I don't even know how to put it in words."

Luckily enough for Hathwar, his fellow champion could not put his experience into words either.

"I'm just speechless." Nihar said. "I can't say anything. I'm only in fifth grade."

So what do these two spellers look forward to after being deemed champion? Janga wants to be a neurosurgeon curing brain disorders, according to his spelling bee profile. Hathwar also wants to be a doctor, hoping to attend Harvard University. 




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