Ravens fans, football fans and fans of simple physical activity descended on Patterson Park last week to drill, run and play for 60 minutes.
The event was part of the NFL Play 60 campaign, which aims to attack childhood obesity by encouraging 60 minutes of daily activity. The presence of former Ravens, including star kicker Matt Stover and punter Kyle Richardson eliminated the problem of motivation.
Richardson mentioned that he was very impressed with the new Utz Twardowicz stadium.
“I haven’t been down here for awhile,” he said.
He was also impressed with the kids.
“We just put them through the paces, and I didn’t see any of them give up,” Richardson said.
He said that he was asked by the NFL to participate in the event last Wednesday, “and I was more than happy to get involved.” “It reinforces the positive Play 60 and encourages kids to be active, and I concur,” Richardson said.
He said that he has two young daughters, and “there’s too much TV time going on, even in my house.” The event, which was held on Wednesday and Thursday, also brought a surprise visit from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who participated in the drills with the kids.
“It’s important for the adults that care about kids to make sure we focus not only on lifelong learning in the classroom, but also on lifelong activity,” she said, adding that it’s also important to send the right message.
“Being active isn’t just something for people who actually like to pump weights in the gym; it’s for everyone,” Rawlings-Blake said.
For her own activity, she wears a pedometer and counts her steps against 17 others in a friendly competition, she said.
Matt Stover remains active as well.
“Health and fitness creates a better way of life,” said Stover. “I’ve been exercising, believe it or not, six days a week. I’m doing 60-minute workouts.” “The big thing for you guys is to stay active, eat right, and listen to your teachers.”
The event included presentations by doctors on avoiding and treating concussions and staying hydrated. Under Armour was present and showed the kids how athletic shoes are made.
by Erik Zygmont