Reporting Mary Bubala
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith left the practice field Thursday to spend time with school kids.
As Mary Bubala explains, he showed them how to stay safe in sports and in life.
Wearing the right safety equipment is important and part of a lesson the Ravens’ Torrey Smith was trying to teach students at Calvin Rodwell Elementary School in Baltimore City today.
“Just to draw awareness to the kids that they need to go out and get checkups and I myself, I can speak on that. I was one of those kids who did not checkups and it’s important to get this, that can be prevented if you catch them early,” said Smith.
Torrey is teamed up with the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital and their initiative called Safe Kids, which aims to prevent childhood injuries from outdoor activities.
In this activity, students are asked which common household products can be poisonous.
“Can’t drink poisonous stuff or eat poisonous stuff,” said one little girl.
The children also learn the right way to wear their seat belts in booster seats and they get reminders about safely crossing the street.
“We supposed to hold our mother’s hand!” yelled another girl.
“We want to focus on how they can enjoy their summer, get out and do a lot of activities, be very active but do it safely,” said Karen Hardingham, Safe Kids Baltimore.
“So they are here today playing a lot of different safety games, not even realizing that they are even learning anything,” said Hardingham.
And they are loving that one of their safety teachers is Torrey Smith.
Torrey sent the students home with special purple tickets to give to their parents. They can then turn it in after a doctor’s visit to enter a raffle to win Ravens gear.