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Seahawks help Alaska kids stay active

By Jake Edmonds 5:37 PM July 8, 2014
WASILLA –

What do you get when you combine a few hundred excited kids, a couple of NFL Super Bowl champs and a very big playground? You get the fourth annual Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Play 60 Challenge.

The Play 60 Challenge is designed to help motivate kids to stay active by participating in some sort of physical activity for 60 minutes each day.

“It’s really encouraging to have the kids start young with healthy lifestyles and support their healthy futures,” said Gretchen Geist, an event coordinator for the local Play 60 Challenge.

And what better way to provide that motivation than to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy and some of the players who helped Seattle claim the award? Seahawks linebackers Heath Farwell and Mike Morgan teamed up with the event organizers to help encourage young kids to stay active.

“Growing up, where I’m from, we didn’t see any NFL players,” Morgan said. “But just being able to get out into the community and allow them, not only to see us on TV, but just to physically see us and see that we care about them.”

More than 300 children participated in the local Play 60 Challenge, running through obstacle courses, kicking around a soccer ball and throwing the ball around with Farwell and Morgan.

“It reminds me of when I was a kid,” Farwell added. “Just to get out there and to see some professional athletes and to have someone to look up to and to work at it. (…) It’s something for them to hopefully have some goals, to strive to do something special.”

Maybe that something special is to win a trophy of their own.

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