BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Brandon Meriweather Foundation made Saturday a special day for many children in Biloxi. The foundation partnered with NFL Play 60 and NFL Flag San Diego to give kids the chance to work with an NFL athlete.
"It feels good to come back and give to a community where I grew up. We don't get that much time to come out and give back, so when we do, it's a great opportunity," said New England Patriots defensive back Antwain Spann.
The NFL launched NFL Play 60 back in 2007 to bring health and fitness awareness to young sports fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.
On Saturday morning, more than 100 children, ages five to 17, got a chance to meet NFL players and learn the game of football.
"It's good for me, guys like myself, Antwain and Brandon, to be able to give them memories that they'll never forget," Greg Williams said.
Millions of kids dream to one day make it to the big league, but only a few get that chance at stardom. Spann said it's special for him to give children the opportunity to learn from the best.
"It's exciting for them, and it's exciting for me you know, to come back and give back. To see kids that don't normally have the chance to see NFL players and they brighten up, they light up when they see you. It's special," Spann said.
"As you can see from my shirt, I actually get the autographs from them. I want them to feel like they're famous to me. So it's a big deal for me. I get excited just to see them and for them to be able to sign my shirt, it's just a big deal to me. I love it. I love doing it," said Williams
Not only did the kids spend the day playing football with pro athletes, but the kids had a chance to work with the NFL players to learn skill development and speed training.