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Redskins Help Students Get Active, Brainstorm Ideas

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The Redskins Charitable Foundation on Tuesday was at Francis Key Scott Middle School in Springfield, Va., to present the Fuel Up To Play 60 Redskins Hometown Grant.

It wasn't that long ago that guys like Tress Way were sitting in a student assembly in his middle school, patiently waiting to hear from a guest speaker.

On Tuesday morning, Way, along with teammates Houston Bates, Alfred Morris, Silas Redd Jr., Keenan Robinson and Darrel Young, were the guests speaking to two different assemblies of seventh and eighth graders at Francis Key Scott Middle School in Springfield, Va.

The players were on-hand to not only talk about the importance of getting active and eating healthy, but also to help present a $10,000 grant along with Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association that will go towards a Fuel Up To Play 60 program.

"We loved going outside playing football, baseball, basketball whatever it is," Way said. "That stuff is fun because you get to play with your friends. You get to work hard and when you have a good time and you work hard, you never know what's going to happen. We had no idea what was going to go on the rest of our lives that we'd all get to play together with the Redskins one day."

Morris, who came out to loud cheers from the students, explained that playing running back takes a lot more than getting a crisp handoff and running through open lanes.

"I have to use my body right," he said. "So it's fun to have fun with PlayStation and everything but we also have to use our body's right."

Getting the proper amount of exercise, whether being a professional athlete or middle school student, is important, but so too is maintaining a healthy diet.  

"We've got to eat our fruits, got to eat our vegetables, got to get our protein by eating steak also dairy cheese," Morris said. "Chocolate milk, [that's] my favorite."

Young agreed, saying that while the temptation of fast good is sometimes difficult to overcome, the body will react with sluggish symptoms.

"When you eat fried foods and stuff, you're setting yourself back a couple days from what you worked on to try to get better," he said. "You have got to take care of your body's water and eating, just doing the little things right that you can control."

After speaking, the players grabbed selected students in the bleachers to participate in a 20-second touchdown dance-off.

Some were shy to go in front of their peers while others were eager to show off their moves.

Regardless, they all got to dance alongside Redskins players, and the smiles on their faces confirmed their once-in-a-lifetime moment.

"The little girl I actually chose out of the crowd, she walked up to me when she was leaving and said, 'Hey, I'm going to be famous just like you. I know I'm going to be famous,'" Way said. "And I said, 'Hey, you have a plan for yourself, I like that. I'm sure you're going to be successful.' That's the last thing she said to me, and she gave me a hug and walked away. Her name is Victoria, so I'll remember that."

The players were then joined by students to form breakdown groups to help brainstorm ideas for new programs based on the funds they received.

As they huddled together to think of creative ideas that they would paste down onto poster board, some of the players lead the way while others allowed the students to run their groups.

Morris' group titled their project "Surviving The Dead," incorporating the increasingly popular vampire theme along with a scavenger hunt. Redd Jr.'s group provided an example of what an unhealthy person looks like. Robinson's group drew a track on theirs with the headline: "On Track For A Healthier Lifestyle."

"We're out there dancing, and, you know, obviously we have a job to do and we can't be dancing too much, but it's about the kids today," Young said, snapping one last selfie with his group before leaving.

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