A Wasilla event Tuesday wasn’t a training camp, but it offered children a taste of what it’s like to play football — with some NFL pros from the Seattle Seahawks.
The Menard Sports Complex hosted its annual Seahawks Play 60 program. It was the first time there for Abigail Mason.
“It’s pretty good: you get to play a lot of sports, and it’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Mason said during a break.
For Tristan Dodd, it was his second visit.
“My parents told me about it coming again, so, I wanted to do it again,” Dodd said.
The program encourages kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
The National Football League created the program in 2007. It addresses a crucial need in Alaska, where it’s estimated one out of very three kids is either overweight or obese.
Rod Christiansen offers his knowledge of the game. He is Alaska’s all-time winningest high school football coach. The kids also get tips from those who know the game like few others.
Seattle Seahawks guard Jordan Roos was joined helping kids improve their skills by teammate and center Joey Hunt.
Staying active is one of the messages they delivered to the kids.
“Oh, I love it, I love it. That’s how I grew up playing around, throwing the football, sports, playing around in the wilderness; I think it’s awesome,” Roos said.
“This is about having fun, kids being active, playing games, like I get to do for a living, so, it’s exciting to come out here and play with the kids,” Hunt said.
The message is something parents appreciate.
“We focus a lot on eating healthy, getting exercise, so, this is great, ” said parent Erica Ybarra, as kids learn a valuable lesson while having fun.