BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For a few years now, the NFL has been encouraging kids to be active every day.
As Mike Schuh reports, one Baltimore school got a big surprise from the league Tuesday morning.
Within walking distance from the stadium, the neighborhood kids gathered out in front of their school. They’re there to greet some visitors.
“They play football,” said one student.
They play Ravens football and they’re here because of the NFL program Play 60, a concept so well-defined a fifth-grader can explain it.
“It’s about kids playing for 60 minutes a day, keeping active,” said Lindsey Henderson.
Off the bus came star lineman Chris Canty. Torrey Smith tried to touch every hand. These are big men, making an impression; they’re here with a message and a big gift.
With Poe leading the enthusiastic student body, the players shared their stories about healthy living.
“It’s important for you to keep your body physically fit,” Canty said.
The next big cheer came for this: the school was selected to get a $10,000 grant from the NFL.
“We also try to keep them physically fit and healthy and actively involved, and that’s a big piece of what Play 60 is about and that’s what we support in the community,” said principal Sara Long.
Canty knows the power of the NFL.
“I tell you, if an NFL football player had come to my school to tell me to play 60 minutes a day, I would have gone outside and rounded up some friends and played football 60 minutes a day,” Canty said.
The kids were then tutored by the pros.
All 32 NFL teams are given these $10,000 grants to give to the school of their choice.
Next week, the team will send out some players to help shop for Christmas gifts for needy families.
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