Play60 is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to get active for at least 60 minutes every day. On Tuesday, Play60 came to Fort Belvoir, VA for the second annual Salute to Play 60 event to show support for our service members and their families. The event was made possible by the joint efforts of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the Redskins and the NFL. Events like this are a wonderful opportunity for the Redskins and their fans to show appreciation to our military members and their families.
Tuesday's event was specifically organized for the children of service members. It was packed with activities for kids like flag football, Zumba, yoga, an inflatable obstacle course, and nutrition relay races. Everyone had the opportunity to meet Redskins players, their families, and Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Players who came to show their support included Darrel Young, Niles Paul, Shawn Lauvao, Ryan Grant, Akeem Davis, Jason Hatcher, Trent Murphy, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III.
The event held special meaning for Griffin, who grew up in a military family. "We're here for the Salute to Service Play 60 and we got a lot of players out here giving back to this community," he said. "It means a lot to me. I have family members who experienced the military life for a long time and some are still in it. ... It's just good to give back to these kids, show them that we're here and appreciate not only their parents' service, but their service as military brats."
The event was educational not only for the kids, but also for the players. Jason Hatcher took the opportunity not only to teach kids about being healthy, but to learn from them and their parents. "We're out here on the military base and you just learn a lot from these guys about leadership," Hatcher said. "It's just a good overall event for us. I'm glad I came out." He also expressed appreciation for servicemen and women, saying members of the armed services "make my job look easy compared to what they do."
Please take a moment to check out the websites for Play60, USAA, and the other event sponsors, and check the Redskins official site for upcoming events: