The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Friday hosted the Fuel Up To Play 60 End of the Year Celebration for local schools that had reached touchdown status during the program.
Staying active and eating healthy was the universal message the Washington Redskins players provided students from 10 local schools during Friday's Fuel Up To Play 60 End of the Year Celebration at Park View High School in Sterling, Va.
In partnership with the American Dairy Association North East, The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted the end of the year celebration for 10 local âTouchdown Schoolsâ in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
In partnership with American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted students from Cardinal Ridge Elementary School, Catoctin Elementary School, Hillside Elementary School, Hutchinson Farm Elementary School, Lovettsville Elementary School, Lucketts Elementary School, Potowmack Elementary School, Smart's Mill Middle School, Springhill Lake Elementary School and Sterling Elementary School.
Joining the students were Redskins linebacker Houston Bates, cornerback Bashaud Breeland, defensive end Corey Crawford, kicker Dustin Hopkins, linebacker Willie Jefferson, defensive end Trent Murphy, center Austin Reiter and long snapper Nick Sundberg along with Redskins Cheerleaders Maya and Nikki.
Following a presentation and group photo for all of the schools that reached touchdown status during the past year's Fuel Up To Play 60 program, the students were divided into five different groups that were each accompanied by two Redskins celebrity coaches.
Each station provided the students a completely different healthy activity.
On the south end of the field was a hip-hop station hosted by Urban Kangaroo – which was a players hit -- an obstacle course, and combine-style drills while a modified tic-tac-toe relay race was provided by ADANE.
As he tested out his arm while tossing the ball around to students, Hopkins embraced the opportunity to get active in a way other than kicking a football.
"Maybe I'll ask some of these guys [other players] advice on the drill work, but it'll be fun regardless," Hopkins said with a smile. "I'm excited to be out there."
Breeland, who was paired up with Crawford, watched on as his group's students tried to beat Crawford's group in a race.
"It's tic-tac-toe, they have to put their minds to use," Breeland said, admitting his team was winning a majority of the relays. "They have to get three lines in a row with the bean bags and race at the same time, so it's pretty active for them."
On the far field, students were greeted by a few more special guests: a heifer named Snickerdoodle and a calf named Maid Marian.
After learning about how milk provides important nutrition from local dairy farmers Katie and Dave Pyle, the students ran a milk bucket relay, carrying buckets with five-pound weights in each hand to replicate some of the tasks that dairy farmers complete on a daily basis. While Snickerdoodle and Maid Marian only watched from the sideline, they assisted in enhancing Katie and Dave's message about the importance of a balanced diet.
"It's very important," Crawford said of not only being active, but maintaining a healthy diet. "Very vital to teach [students] while they're young to stay active and to say fit. I think it helps to bring the community together and a fun way to get them out of school and reward them for doing well in school."
As they huddled for one final group shot together before enjoying lunch, Breeland appreciated the opportunity to join forces with youth in the local community.
"It means a lot to me," Breeland said. "It's something I didn't have when I grew up, I just feel like it's my duty to give back to the kids of this world."