By Jessica Kartalija

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County school is getting national attention and a major donation thanks to their Ravens team spirit.

As Jessica Kartalija reports, it’s all part of the NFL’s “Play 60” campaign.

Ravens cheerleaders in training welcomed members of the Ravens to Stoneleigh Elementary. The school was selected as one of 30 schools in the country for their passion for the Ravens and their excitement for the 2012 season.

“I can see clearly why you  guys won the best super-school in the Baltimore area. You guys are awesome. That’s a testament to your teachers, your principals and your entire staff, so congratulations,” said Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbendeju.

Ray Rice stole the show–putting on the crossing guard’s belt. He–along with teammates like Brendan Ayanbendeju, Bryant McKinnie and Vonta Leach–did a workout with the students as part of their NFL “Play 60” campaign. The players then presented a $10,000 check to Debbie Phelps–mother of Olympian Michael Phelps–who is director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.

After he captured the moment, running back Ray Rice fielded questions from students.

Student: “What was the toughest touchdown you’ve encountered?”
Rice: “The play was called ‘Hey diddle diddle, Ray Rice over the middle,’ and we made it work!”

To date, the NFL has donated some $200 million to youth and wellness campaigns across the country.

The “Play 60” campaign urges kids to exercise for an hour every day.


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