Both active and former members of the New Orleans Saints participated in the Training Camp for Life and Fitness Clinic to benefit the East St. John Football team and students in LaPlace, La. on Wednesday.
CB Jabari Greer, RB Pierre Thomas and WR Lance Moore joined former T Jon Stinchcomb and Saints Director of Player Development Fred McAfee to participate in the event as part of the NFLPA's "One Team, One Community" Super Bowl activities.
The players first met with the East St. John football team, who lost all of their equipment to Hurricane Isaac in 2012, to discuss many topics including overcoming adversity. The players then spoke with more than 200 students from third to eighth grades at Emily C. Watkins Elementary School before taking the students to participate in a number of non-contact football drills.
The players spoke about the importance of a proper diet and how it will help fuel the students as they grow up and for the rest of their lives.
"It is very important to eat as healthy as possible and to be active and the decisions they make now will affect them for the rest of their lives," said Moore. "We wanted to stress the importance of those topics while having fun. It's pretty cool that the Super Bowl is in our hometown, so to get to come to an event with the kids put together by the NFLPA and have a good time is what it's all about."
The players, joined by members of the military, split up among six different drills to help educate the students on proper technique and how to find fun ways to exercise.
"We want you guys to have fun, grow up strong and healthy and lead us in the right direction," said Thomas. "You guys are our future; we want you to be successful in this world."