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Redskins Host Annual 'Flag Football Experience'


It was an afternoon focused on a healthy balance of activity and proper nutrition as the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Coca-Cola hosted the "Get the Ball Rolling Flag Football Experience."

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Coca-Cola on Tuesday afternoon hosted the sixth annual "Get the Ball Rolling Flag Football Experience" at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

The Redskins Charitable Foundation and Coca-Cola hosted 100 middle school students at Redskins Park for a flag football, panel discussion on health and wellness and lunch in the team dining room on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2015.

The event focused on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle while also promoting proper football technique and getting proper nutrition.

The day started in the Redskins' Indoor Training Facility, as local area middle schoolers were divided into eight different teams.

They were joined by quarterback Robert Griffin III, running back Alfred Morris, fullback Darrel Young, wide receiver Ryan Grant, linebackers Keenan Robinson and Houston Bates, safety Kyshoen Jarrett and kicker Dustin Hopkins.

After going through a stretching routine, the teams played flag football on four different mini-fields.

"I'm looking to play all-time quarterback," Robinson said. "I'm not going to play any defense today, and I'm going to switch sides of the ball. So I'm going to play quarterback, try to get as many kids the ball as I can, and have a good time."

Robinson wasn't the only Redskins player playing quarterback on Tuesday, as Young was tossing deep bombs on the far side of the field while Hopkins had a surprisingly sharp spiral as he cocked back and threw it across the field.

"I'm not trying to sweat too hard today on my day off," Grant said with a smile. "Very excited, happy to be out here to have a good time with these kids."

"We are just out here trying to have some fun with the kids and give back to the community," Young said. "That's what we're all about."

Jarrett, one of two first-year players at the event along with Bates, said it's important for to get a footprint in the local community, that same one that has embraced him from the day he was drafted in the sixth round in early May.

Redskins players and area middle school students took over the Twitter Mirror at the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation's Get the Ball Rolling Flag Football Experience presented by Coca-Cola at Redskins Park.

"I love giving back as much as possible," Jarrett said. "Coming out here on the off day and just putting a smile on the kids' faces just running around and just being a positive influence for nutrition and exercise."

Following the football games, students gathered in one of the Redskins' team meeting room to hear from panelists about the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle both in activity and diet.

Redskins executive chef Jon Mathieson and head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark each spoke about their specialties. Long snapper Nick Sundberg, meanwhile, shared his story with the students, telling them how he was overweight as a middle school student and how he learned how to eat properly and get fit. 

Following the panel discussion, the kids were treated to a delicious and healthy lunch in the team dining room.

"I think it's important because childhood obesity is growing," Young said. "It's an opportunity to come out here and have fun and do something to make them interact and do something that they actually like to do."




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