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Texan’s Rookies Pass Out Shoes to Students

It wasn’t your average PE class for students at Houston’s Woodson Elementary School. The people leading the youngsters through drills and exercises were members of the Houston Texan’s Football team. Bill Stamps has the story.


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Running during PE class isn’t something kids are always interested in doing, but this time it was a little different.

“What’s your name?”

 Woodson Elementary School was picked for this year’s NFL and United Way Hometown Huddle. That meant rookies from the Houston Texan’s football team would come out to the school and do various fitness exercises with the students. Each year the team also brings a special gift that is picked by the school. This year it was shoes. Woodson Elementary principal Linda Whitley.

“The sneakers were really a way to say you can have healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. And so it was just a really nice gift.”

Being an inner city school some might wonder if Principal Whitley chose shoes as a gift because some student might not be able to afford them. She says that wasn’t the case.

“Run as fast as you can.”

As for the exercises, some of them were things kids would do in a normal PE class, like stretching, but having men in front of them 6’5/250 pounds was anything but normal. Other drills were more football oriented. The children told the players they watch them on TV. Rookie tight end Garrett Graham says it means a lot to be able to help out.

“It’s great to know that you have that kind of impact on kids and you know just come out here and brighten their day and I’m just glad to be out here.”

Although the students were too young to know most of the players names, you could tell they were real Texans fans. For example, one boy asked a player ‘when are you guys going to play the cowboys again.’

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