ARL family joins Ravens, NFL Play 60 clinic at APG
November 19, 2013
Sgt. 1st Class Michelle R. Williams, electronics maintenance chief within the Army Research Laboratory's Computation and Information Sciences Directorate, joined her husband Sgt. 1st Class Ray Williams, up from Fort Lee, Va., and their children Raylanna, 6, and Nasir, 10, during the very first Raven's Youth Military Combine.
The event, held Nov. 5 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., was part of the NFL Play 60, a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations. In addition to national outreach and online programs, NFL PLAY 60 is implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs.
Hosting the youth football clinic were Baltimore Ravens players Linebacker Arthur Brown, Wide Receiver Marlon Brown, Safety Matt Elam, Linebacker Jameel McClain, Safety Jeromy Miles, Linebacker John Simon, Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, Wide Receiver Denote Thompson and Defensive Tackle Brandon Williams.
The team along with official mascot Poe and Ravens cheerleaders toured the installation before arriving at the Bayside field with Installation Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell.
In conjunction with the NFL's military appreciation Salute to Service and PLAY 60 campaign efforts, the Ravens provided this opportunity to communicate to the military youth the importance of physical activity in their everyday lives, said Kelly Luster, APG Garrison public affairs officer, who orchestrated the event.
Through the continuation of the team's support for America's Armed Forces, the Ravens clinic was timed to occur just before the team's Nov. 10 Veteran's Day game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
During the clinic, approximately 150 pre-registered youth participants, ages 7 - 14, learned about the fundamentals of football with a military twist. Under the guidance of local football coaches and military personnel, the youth rotated through stations of drills, including pass patterns, tire flips, heads-up tackling and a military agility run.
"Soldiers and parents at APG are truly grateful the Ravens and the NFL are bringing Play 60 to our youth," said Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison Commander Col. Gregory R. McClinton. "We realize these players have a choice-and they chose to come here and say thanks to our Soldiers. More importantly, they are saying thanks to the kids by spending time with them. As challenging as it is to be a Soldier-being the child of a Soldier is often harder."