BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice paid a special visit to an East Baltimore middle school Tuesday. He stopped by to share a message about healthy living.

Andrea Fujii reports Rice even wore a milk mustache to prove his point.

Only Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice can rally a crowd full of middle schoolers.

He visited the Northwood Appold Community Academy Freedom & Democracy II after they won the NFL’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” Challenge.

“For me, I work out about three to four hours a day, so I get a little more than 60 minutes, but for y’all all it takes is about 60 minutes of hard work and dedication,” said Rice.

The citywide program focuses on getting young people to exercise for an hour a day and to eat healthy.

The students beat out 200 other city schools for this grand prize.

The big award was number 27 coming to their school.

“He helps kids who need help with obesity and things,” said Derrick Mickey, seventh-grader.

As part of the award the students took a picture with Rice and Mayor Rawlings-Blake, all donning milk mustaches for posters promoting nutrition in the city.

“First I’m going to get my diet together, then I’m going to start playing 60 minutes a day,” said Ethan Sims, seventh-grader.

Hopefully, the students will listen since Rice is an inspiration to many.

“To come back and give these [kids] something to look forward to, not only football but to be something successful in life,” said Rice.

The school plans to add a salad bar and start hip-hop dance classes.

The program is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.


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