By Brittany Selbert
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This past Tuesday the Tennessee Titans and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville hosted their annual PLAY 60 Hometown Huddle event at Saint Thomas Sports Park, indoor practice facility.
Members from both Titans and United Way organizations volunteered their time for the event, including the 2014 Rookie Class, Titans cheerleaders, representatives from both organizations, and our very own T-Rac.
Veteran DBs Jason McCourty and George Wilson joined the Titans' 2014 rookie class for the team's annual "Hometown Huddle" event, a joint initiative of the NFL, Titans and United Way. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
The United Way invited 50 students from their Family Resource Centers to participate in the event. When they arrived to the practice facility the group was greeted by T-Rac and given an official welcome by veteran players Jason McCourty and George Wilson. The two informed the participants the importance of healthy living and some fun ways to exercise for 60 minutes a day.
"It's a great opportunity for us to encourage kids to be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day and to partner with the United Way organization," said Wilson. "We are going to put some smiles on their faces and take them through some drills and personalize this message of being physically fit."
Titans starting defensive back and United Way of Metro Nashville Spokesperson Jason McCourty also believes in physical fitness and enjoys Hometown Huddle.
"We (players) can actually have fun out here too going through these drills, while laughing and having a good time," said McCourty.
The students were separated into different groups and rotated to various stations throughout the indoor practice facility. Each station involved either non-contact football drills or other physical activities. Titans cheerleaders and players were stationed at every activity, coaching and cheering on the participants as they moved through the activities.
At the conclusion of the event, each student received a signed Cheerleaders poster and a gift bag with healthy snacks and information supporting a healthy and active lifestyle.
ABOUT HOMETOWN HUDDLE
The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service that provides NFL players, owners, coaches and staff from each team with the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service activities. For the past six seasons, Hometown Huddle has been dedicated to showing league and team support for the NFL PLAY 60 initiative, where teams around the league come together on one day to build playgrounds, indoor fitness zones and host health and wellness activities for youth in local communities. Started in 1999 by the NFL and United Way, Hometown Huddle continues to make a difference in NFL communities.