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Redskins Debut A Youth Fitness Zone In Virginia

Posted by Matt Terl on January 7, 2011 – 1:52 pm

Last time I wrote about the HOPSports Training System (HTS) — an interactive, multi-instructional DVR-based physical education tool — it was whenthe Redskins used the system to help to break a Guinness world record at FedExField, and the video version of Lorenzo Alexander helped lead Real Lorenzo Alexander (and his teammates) in a series of exercises. It was an impressive spectacle, but (obviously) not the usual implementation of the HTS.

Yesterday, I got to see a much more traditional use of the HTS at the debut of a Redskins Youth Fitness Zone at Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia, and it was equally impressive in a totally different way. The scale was smaller, of course — the gymnasium at Lynn is a bit more constrained than the expanse of FedExField — but the intentions were the same, and seeing a gym full of kids using the HTS as it’s actually intended was even somewhat inspiring.

Alexander recently won the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award, an in Woodbridge he demonstrated why, not just participating in the workouts (still led in part by his virtual self) and talking to the fifty students, but conducting every interview anyone wanted, briefly addressing the crowd, and spending a couple minutes just chatting with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

“I’m very happy to be here today,” Alexander told the crowd, “and especially to be a part of this partnership between Governor McDonnell’s office, Fred Lynn Middle School, GlaxoSmithKline and the Redskins. It’s just so important that we exercise and eat healthy every day, at least 60 minutes, because it really helps prevent childhood obesity, which is really growing in our nation today.”

It’s easy to believe that these are just things that athletes are forced to say when they’re at podiums, but Alexander actually takes this kind of thing very seriously, and is even a fan of the HTS on his own time. “I love the HOPSports program and everything it entails,” Alexander said. “I actually do it at home with my kids and it really helps me get in shape in the offseason, ’cause it’s a little bit of something different than what I train on a day-to-day basis with.”

Alexander’s presence wasn’t the only Redskins connection of note. Read more »


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