By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Studies show kids in our country play less and eat more than ever before.  The NFL and the Ravens are trying to combat that trend.

Mike Schuh reports.

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When buses pull up in South Baltimore, a stream of athletes emerges ready to hit the field.

In this case, Curtis Bay Elementary sends its finest to one of the NFL’s Play 60 biggest events.

It’s the 2013 Ravens TEAM Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium, part of the 2013 NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle.

The league wants kids to move more, play more, be more healthy and play 60 minutes a day.

Curtis Bay Elementary was selected to get a lesson they will remember.

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“Play is also a natural way that kids learn and work out how fair play is, how to respect one another, to how to work as a team,” said Randi Hogan, Playworks.

If you want to learn how to work as a team, bring part of a professional team, including star Justin Tucker.

“Do as much as you can.  Find out what you really like and eventually you’ll find out what you really love and when you do, stick with it and have fun,” Tucker said.

“I grew up in Pittsburgh, and the first NFL player I met was Jerome Bettis. It meant a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to these kids,” said rookie center Gino Gradkowski.

In all, eight Ravens players participated in the event.

The kids participated in challenges like kickball, dodgeball, ultimate football and a series of relays. In addition, each student was to receive a new pair of sneakers, provided by Under Armour.

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