Rams Join the Navy to PLAY 60 with Local Boys & Girls Club

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Kids were participating in football-related drills when a bomb-detecting robot rolled onto the field at the Russell Training Center indoor facility. This is not a typical sight during a football camp, but partnering with the Navy gave the kids a unique opportunity to operate a piece of machinery worth approximately $100,000.

In conjunction with St. Louis Navy Week and as part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative, Rams players and Navy SEALS and EOD techs led 40 kids from the St. Charles Boys & Girls Club in stretches, drills and activities on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Tackles Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith, center Jason Brown, defensive end George Selvie and quarterback Thaddeus Lewis joined the sailors and Marines as they spent the afternoon teaching the kids various football drills and spoke to them about the importance of being active.

After the kids arrived and completed their stretches, they broke off into four groups to participate in football-related drills. The players, sailors and Marines split off too and divided themselves among four stations: low hurdles, a cone course, agility ladders and a relay race. Once the groups completed each station, they gathered together and listened as the players, sailors and Marines spoke to them about being active everyday making healthy choices.

This PLAY 60 event was the second time the Rams partnered with the Navy during St. Louis Navy Week, after helping to kick the week off at last Thursday’s preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome. The goal of Navy Week is to give the public an up-close look at the men and women of the Navy serving throughout the world and better understand the various jobs they do. St. Louis Navy Week will run through Sunday, Sept. 12, culminating with an air show at Scott Air Force Base featuring the Navy Blue Angels.

The NFL launched the PLAY 60 initiative in November 2007 as part of its national youth health and awareness campaign. The idea behind PLAY 60 is simple – it inspires kids to be active and do some type of physical activity for at least 60 minutes everyday.