Members of the Redskins treated Steuart Weller Elementary to a Play 60 celebration to reward them for winning this year's Draft Day Dash Challenge.
Several Redskins players helped treat Steuart Weller Elementary to a Play 60 celebration to reward them for winning this year's Draft Day Dash Challenge.
"Inhale…Exhale," Sharon Agee, director of the organization Healthy Solutions, told the groups of energetic Steuart Weller Elementary School students on Tuesday. Her directions were practical and extremely necessary.
Check out images from the Washington Redskins' OTA practice on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
That's primarily because the first- to fifth-grade students were eagerly awaiting the arrival of several Redskins players into their auditorium for a Play 60 celebration, a reward to the school for winning the Draft Day Dash Challenge.
The cause for celebration was much bigger than an assembly, however. As a result of the school registering the most runners — including parents, administrators, teachers and students – for the 5K race, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation presented the school with a $10,000 check.
The non-profit team community challenge winner, KaBOOM!, received the same donation thanks to their group tallying the most 5K race participants.
Before players arrived to relay a brief message and interact with those in attendance, students got active, engaging in some fitness drills before the players joined in on the fun.
"The moment we step out there and they announce our names these kids go crazy," said tight end Niles Paul, attesting to the screams before he jumped on stage. "Some of them don't know who you really are, but you're Redskins players, and it brings them joy that you came to [their] school."
Paul was joined by running back Alfred Morris, fullback Darrel Young, running back Silas Redd Jr., linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat, longsnapper Nick Sundberg and punter Tress Way, the most vocal of the bunch, as they hustled over after practice.
The players, who had difficulty finding space after getting swarmed by high fives and hugs, quickly joined some exercise video routines after posing for the check presentation photos.
"I just love giving back," Morris said. "I'm always excited to come do an event, or two, or three, or four, or however many they ask us to do. When it's exciting, it takes it to a whole other level as well."
"It's just important to give back to the community, to help the little kids so they can learn from guys that are successful doing something," Jeffcoat added. "They look up to the Redskins. For them to see us coming and giving back to them makes them go 'Whoa, we can do the same thing.'"
The school's principal, Janet Platenberg, who stayed up until midnight to watch the Draft Day Dash Challenge winners announced online, was thrilled the players could attend the assembly, especially because of the school's close proximity to Redskins Park.
"It means a lot," Platenberg said. "They are great role models for our students and the Charitable Foundation had done a lot of work in the whole Greater Washington area. Our students do look up to them and when they speak about health and nutrition and practicing for life, they listen."