Athletes teach kids about healthy living

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Get Moving! Inc. is hosting its fifth annual "Day of Play" at the WVU Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. WVU Football players of past and present taught kids the importance of getting off the couch and out onto the field.

WVU quarterback, Will Grier passes the football with kids.

"It's really cool, I like being here. It's really fun, too," said Day of Play participant Myara Alexander.

400 kids ages 6 to 12 spent the morning with current members of the WVU Football team and former players who have been to the NFL.

"Growing up I was always outside and playing football in the neighborhood," said WVU Quarterback Will Grier.

Former WVU running back, Quincy Wilson, said, "I played pickup basketball, football, baseball, any sport. You don't see that as much so we're trying to get back to where kids are playing outside as much as possible."

Players spent one-on-one time with each child, teaching them different drills.

"They have ten activity stations," said the president of Get Moving! Inc, Elizabeth Oppe, "We also have whiffle ball going on, we have two former WVU baseball players here, too."

Kids also learned how to make healthy choices and got to take home pictures and t-shirts.

"It's good to get active and healthy, run around and just be with friends," said former WVU safety K.J. Dillon.

In addition to promoting healthy lifestyles, the kids and players build lasting relationships.

"Anything I can do for the youth is something I want to be part of," Grier said.

"This is a great event and I look forward to it every year," Wilson said.

During the event there was also a raffle and silent auction with various items such as signed NFL gear and gift baskets. After, the athletes visited patients at WVU Medicine Children's. To learn more about the "Day of Play" visit