The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Cocal-Cola held the Get The Ball Rolling Flag Footbal Experience Oct. 21, 2014, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, along with Coca-Cola, hosted the Get The Ball Rolling Flag Football Experience at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., on Tuesday.
Busing in 120 area middle school students, eight of their favorite Redskins players joined them inside the team's indoor training facility for a round-robin flag football tournament, nutrition panel and lunch in the team's cafeteria.
Those eight players were David Amerson, Shawn Lauvao, Trenton Robinson, Keenan Robinson, Niles Paul, Darrel Young and Will Compton. Each player served as the quarterback of their own flag football team.
"I love it," Young said. "It's different from what I do every day. It's flag football, man. We're just out here having fun with the kids."
After plenty of touchdowns, highlight-reel plays and memories on the gridiron, the group headed inside for a panel on nutrition in the Redskins' auditorium.
Serving on the panel was registered dietician from Coca-Cola, Stacey Matthews Woodson, Redskins strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and quarterback Colt McCoy.
The trio provided the students with guidance on how to eat properly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. McCoy viewed the panel as a chance to deliver the overall message of Play 60 to the young boys and girls: get active and be healthy.
"I think it's just the overall theme of Play 60 is we want to make sure the kids get outside, get active, play at least 60 minutes outside every day," he said. "And then on the flip side of that, we were just talking about their diet."
Following the panel, the students had the unique opportunity to dine in the Redskins' own cafeteria, taking in a meal prepared by Redskins Executive Chef, Jon Mathieson.
"They're going to be able to go downstairs and eat the food that we eat here in the facility as athletes," McCoy said. "Hopefully, they'll get all the food groups and try to explain to them the importance of what they put into their body every day."
While it was technically their day off, the players were more than eager to come in and make an impact on the lives of these children. For some, like Paul, it helps to put things back in perspective.
"It's a blessing to be in the position I am," the Redskins tight end said. "I feel like my way of showing how grateful I am for that blessing is going out here and being with the people that support us the most."
For others, like Trenton Robinson, it's about supporting those that support him.
"It's important because this is where I live," the third-year defensive back said. "These are all the people that support our team and support me, so it's great to get out here with the kids."
Above all else, it's for the kids and for, one small moment, making an impact in their lives and providing a positive role model for kids to look up to.
"It's good for these kids to have a role model and someone to look up to," Keenan Robinson said. "Hopefully, I can make an impact today on these kids and be a positive role model on these kids even though we're playing football."