Although some kids in the region weren’t so lucky as to get a full snow day on Friday, they were fortunate enough to spend the morning having some fun alongside professional athletes.
About 50 fourth and fifth grade students from Lovettsville Elementary School and Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington, D.C. visited Redskins Park on Friday to exercise their minds and bodies as part of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s iteration of Read Across America Day—an annual program headed by the National Education Association that commemorates Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s birthday and celebrates reading. The students got the chance to read from a few of the author’s most iconic books and compete in obstacle courses, relay races and other games on the same indoor field that the Redskins practice on.
Wide Receiver Cam Sims and cornerbacks Joshua Holsey and Greg Stroman were also on hand participating in the games and reading activities alongside the students.
After a warm up on the practice field’s end zone, the students split into groups and tried their hands at some Dr. Seuss trivia, which had them working to figure out the author’s real name and list as many of his books as they could.
The students then rotated around the field in five stations—a “Cat in the Hat” Play 60 obstacle course, “The Foot Book” matching relay, a “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” coloring station, a game against the clock themed after “The Lorax” and an “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” reading corner with two Redskins cheerleaders.
Sims said that he enjoys getting the chance to interact with the kids, especially when he’s unable to be with his daughter.
“We just came to support the kids,” he said. “They’re challenged physically and mentally.”
The Redskins Charitable Foundation, in conjunction with KIPP DC, also held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week for the newest of 42 Loads of Love Laundry Centers across D.C., Maryland and Virginia. That program was launched by Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg and his wife in 2017 to help children in under-resourced communities gain access to clean clothes.