Oakland Raiders teamed up with Westlake Middle School on Tuesday to discuss the importance of healthy living and active lifestyles as apart of United Way’s Annual “Hometown Huddle” campaign.
United Way of the Bay Area has worked to reduce poverty in the region since 1922. Since 1999, Hometown Huddle has served as a league-wide day of service that provides NFL players from each team with the opportunity to participate in a variety of community-service activities.
Those who attended the event included Raiders Pro Bowl Fullback Marcel Reece, Running Back Darren McFadden, Wide Receiver Jacoby Ford, Strong Safety Tyvon Branch, and Cornerback Taiwan Jones.
“We here for you and we support you,” said Reece. “All the hard work you guys you put it into school, we want you to know, that we have your backs.”
Reece stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy mind, to support them in their studies. For the players, a healthy mind helps them study and learn their plays.
“A healthy body means exercise. We have to exercise consistently for our work,” said Reece, as students cheered for Branch as he flexed his muscles.
“We want you to know that exercising equals a healthy life; you live better [and] you feel better,” he added.
Students joined the players outside and conducted some stretching exercises. Students were also assigned to a player’s team to practice catching and running the football.