Monday, October 24, 2016

Feel Good Friday: Mountaineers players of the past help tackle childhood obesity

Rasheed Quincy Wendell DillonLast week, some WVU football players of the past got together in Morgantown for the 3rd annual Day of Play, sponsored by the Once A Mountaineer, Always A Mountaineer campaign.

The campaign, started in 2014 by Reed College of Media associate professor Elizabeth Oppe’s and her class, partners with the NFL and WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital with the goal of tackling childhood obesity.

The day started with morning hospital visits, where current and former players like Rasheed Marshall, Quincy Wilson, KJ Myers, and Wendell Smallwood visited with patients.

Later in the afternoon, over 100 children ages 6-12 came out to the Caperton Indoor Facility to work on football skills and run drills with various WVUPros. Some of your favorite Mountaineers in attendance were Super Bowl Champion Bruce Irvin, Philadelphia Eagles’ Najee Goode,  & Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Keith Tandy.

“These visits always put things in perspective,” said Marshall.

Down the road, Oppe hopes to create several smaller Day of Play events throughout the year leading up to this large one.



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