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New Orleans Saints help students stay active

Students say they had fun while being challenged. (Photo source: WLOX News) Students say they had fun while being challenged. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

"Who Dat" encouraging hundreds of Harrison County sixth graders to get physically active?  The New Orleans Saints, that's who.

Various running, jumping, catching, and tackling drills gave Harrison County students a taste of what it's like be a Saint. 

"It's kind of hard, but you get past it when you're having fun," said Jordan Terwilinger of Saucier Elementary.

Sixth graders from Crossroads and Saucier Elementary schools say while some of the exercises had them pushing their limits, they were up for the challenge.

"Even if they don't play it, it still could be pretty fun to even try,"said Jadarius Cooley of Crossroads Elementary. "If you don't like it, you might as well try it and see how it feels." 

The Gulfport Junior Auxiliary teamed up with the Saints organization to help kids get fit. 

"If you get them at this age, it could really fight a lot of problems as they get older," said Kimberly Rasmuessen. "It's the New Orleans Saints, and it's our local NFL team, and so having them out here to really encourage these kids has been an amazing opportunity." 

The pint sized black and gold fans say staying a healthy lifestyle is the kind they want. 

"They want us to succeed and do things with our lives and not just sitting on our phones and not being kids," said Poley. 

Officials say the event was part of the NFL's Play 60 program, which encourages children to spend at least 60 minutes a day playing. 

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