HOT SHOTS: Davidsonville Students Score a Visit From Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice

The auditorium at Davidsonville Elementary was rockin’ Tuesday afternoon as students and teachers welcomed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice to the school.

The visit by Rice was awarded to Davidsonville Elementary in recognition for being named a Fuel Up To Play 60 Touchdown School.

Fuel Up To Play 60 is a national program founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Dairy Association. The program encourages students to eat healthy and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

According to Davidsonville Elementary’s physical education teacher Erin Madden, this is the first year the school has participated in the program. Madden, with help from the school’s student government association and student body, implemented and completed the six steps required to be named a Touchdown School and thus the chance to win a visit from an NFL football player.

“I am so pumped Ray Rice is here,” said Madden. “He is so great with the kids and an inspiration to us all.”

The children were ecstatic as Rice entered the auditorium and made his way to the front of the room. Along the way he shook hands with the students and paused to talk to the kids – even those wearing Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys.

More after these pictures courtesy of the Davidsonville Elementary yearbook staff and parent Ida Heck:

During the event, Rice spoke about the importance of eating healthy and exercising at last 60 minutes a day.

“What you put into your body is what you get out of it,” said Rice.

Julia Cobb got the chance to ask Rice if he had always wanted to be a football player.

His answer was yes.

When fifth grader Will Gunhus took the stage to ask his question, Rice challenged him to complete 25 push ups. William did it with ease.

“I have to do a lot of push ups for lacrosse practice so it was easy,” said William.

Other students asked Rice about his favorite meal before a game, his favorite fruits and vegetables, and his favorite sport other than football.

By the way, it’s pasta, bananas and broccoli and basketball.

Rice also touched on the topic of bullying and the importance of getting along and respecting others.

“Bullying is preventable,” said Rice.

After the assembly, members of the student government association  got a “private” Q&A session with Rice.

“It was so cool,” said fifth grade student Lily Baker. “Ray Rice may seem rough and tough but he is really kind and does a lot of nice things for people.”

Student Julia Cobb echoed the sentiment.

“He is one of the most down to earth people I have met,” said Julia. “A very inspiring person and one I will not forget.”

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Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.

Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable and compliments – not competes with – an academics-focused environment.

- See more at: http://supporters.fueluptoplay60.com/about/whats-fuel-up-to-play-60/#sthash.I5qlO6Sp.dpuf

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.

Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable and compliments – not competes with – an academics-focused environment.

- See more at: http://supporters.fueluptoplay60.com/about/whats-fuel-up-to-play-60/#sthash.I5qlO6Sp.dpuf

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I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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