By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In an effort to get more kids to explore national parks, Baltimore’s own Fort McHenry is used as a backdrop.

Mike Schuh met with the Ravens’ Tandon Doss to talk about what’s going on.

On most days, if you show up at Fort McHenry at the right time, you can help unroll or put away the giant American flag that flies over the fort during the day.

“The original flag was made of light wool,” a park ranger said.

But on this day, if you were with the St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, you could do that and meet Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss.

He was there with kids because the National Park Trust kicked off the idea that more kids need to visit more parks more often.

“Unplug and get outside. What better way to spend time with your family? These are where the memories are built,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust.

Think they’ll remember catching a pass from an NFL player?

As for Doss, he remembers being this age growing up in Indianapolis.

“We had, being in Indianapolis, we had Peyton Manning, Reggie White. I used to looked up to those guys, and they used to come out to our school and do the same thing for us. So to be able to give back to them, it’s amazing,” he said.

National Kids to Parks Day is May 18.

More than 100,000 people are expected at events to be held at over 300 cities, towns and parks nationwide.


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