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Broncos Bring Excitement to Exercise

Posted Sep 20, 2011

Several members of the Denver Broncos visited a local Boys and Girls Club as part of the NFL's Play 60 campaign.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For kids at the Robert M. Shopneck Boys and Girls Club in Brighton, Tuesday was a day they won’t forget anytime soon.
 
The afterschool games were familiar – dodgeball, ga-ga and a variation of tag called sharks and minnows.
 
But this time they got the chance to play those games alongside members of the Denver Broncos.
 
Several players joined in Tuesday to take part in the NFL’s Play 60 program, which is a campaign to keep kids active for an hour a day to help prevent childhood obesity.
 
Players the children see take the field on Sundays were now running around in their very own gym and backyard.
 
The kids ran across the field, hoping to avoid a tag from linebacker Wesley Woodyard, and they dodged throws from safety Rahim Moore.
 
"The kids really don’t know that they are out there exercising," Branch Director Dan Ruybal said, smiling. "They are just out there having fun."
 
In addition to Woodyard and Moore, Jason Hunter, Quinton Carter, D’Andre Goodwin and Mike Mohamed spent part of their day off with the kids at Shopneck.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Vickerson, David Bruton, Mitch Unrein, Britton Colquitt and Eron Riley were at the Boys and Girls Club in Wilfley, leading kids in Zumba dancing.
 
"It’s good for our kids and our community to know that (the Broncos) care about the kids and they’ll give their time to be with them," Ruybal added. "We’ve been blessed to have them be a part of Boys and Girls Club and what we do with the kids."
 
Woodyard was just as excited to interact with some of his young fans and participate in the Play 60 program.

"Coming out here and having fun with the kids -- that’s what it is all about, just giving back," Woodyard said. "Physical education was a big part of my life growing up and I think it should be installed in kids’ everyday life.
 
"It’s good to see them running around, sweating and having fun."
 
For Hunter, the time spent at the Boys and Girls Club took him back to the days when he looked up to NFL stars he grew up watching.
 
"I wish when I was younger I had a chance to play with NFL athletes," Hunter said. "It’s a blessing. I know I would have been in awe to be around NFL stars, so NFL Play 60 is a real positive -- the kids remember it. It impacts a lot of kids’ lives."
 
Ruybal knows the kind of impact the Broncos’ presence can have and he was just as excited to see them walk through the door. 
 
“Just seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and just having that opportunity to meet a Bronco – we don’t have that every day,” Ruybal said. “It brings a smile to my face.”