Redskins Declare Virginia School "Super"

NFL, Redskins donate $10,000 grant for health & wellness programs

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010  |  Updated 8:35 PM EDT
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Tanya Snyder, Clinton Portis and Brian Orakpo presented Claremont E.S. with a $10,000 grant for health and wellness programs.

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Some elementary school students in Arlington, Va., got a big surprise today when their school was named a “Super School.”

The NFL and the Washington Redskins selected Claremont Immersion Elementary as part of their Play 60 campaign, which encourages kids to be active for an hour a day.

Clinton Portis, Brian Orakpo and Tanya Snyder attended an assembly Tuesday morning, where they presented the school with a $10,000 grant to go toward health and wellness programming.

During the assembly, Claremont students got a chance to ask Orakpo and Portis questions. Then immediately after, they got a chance to meet and work out with the players and Mrs. Snyder.

“It’s nice to give back on my day off,” said Orakpo, who was preaching the importance of staying healthy and called seeing one of the students wearing his jersey a “huge honor.”

“I have kids, and whenever we can do something to influence a younger generation I’m all for it,” said Snyder. “This is an extremely important cause … we have a serious issue with obesity in America.”

More than 5,500 schools entered the NFL’s “Super Schools” program when the 2010 season kicked off. They were asked to demonstrate their excitement for the season by hosting a unique event for their school to support health and wellness.

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