Fifth graders at Frisco ISD’s Anderson Elementary School recently had the opportunity to participate in a mini training camp with defensive players from the Dallas Cowboys.
The event was part of a 15-year partnership between the National Football League and United Way known as Hometown Huddle.
The program engages NFL players in hands-on community service projects across the country to create greater awareness about the importance of maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.
“Childhood obesity is the greatest threat to our youth, especially in North Texas where two-thirds of our children are obese or overweight,” said Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “We are extremely excited to partner with the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys to encourage our youth to just get out there and play. Their efforts to help local children embrace a lifetime of healthy behaviors is yet another way we are addressing the obesity epidemic.”
Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church, cornerback B.W. Webb, defensive back Danny McCray and defensive ends Kyle Wilber, George Selvie and Caesar Rayford coached Anderson students through a series of fitness stations that included running, maneuvering and catching a football.
The Plano school also accepted a $2,500 check from the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities to support wellness initiatives.
“This was a fun and exciting opportunity for our students to interact with professional football players,” said Anderson Principal Monica Jackson. “It reinforced many of the same concepts regarding exercise and proper nutrition that we stress in P.E. class and other school-wide events and programs.”
Earlier this fall, Anderson Elementary was honored by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as a Healthy Zone School for its efforts to improve community health and reduce childhood obesity.
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