On Tuesday, October 9, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett and linebacker Chris Gocong teamed up with the United Way to lend a hand to the community for the 9th Annual NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle—a series of community events implemented on the same day in different NFL cities nationwide.
Philadelphia's Hometown Huddle was hosted by Warren G. Harding Middle School in Philadelphia and focused on encouraging the students to take on a more physically active and healthy lifestyle. As part of this event, the Eagles donated a HOPSports Fitness System to the school, including custom training mats, jump ropes and a video training system complete with a video projector and a sound system. During today's event thirty middle school students participated in cardio kick-boxing and agility ladder activities under the direction of Baskett, Gocong and their P.E. staff.
Through their example, the Philadelphia Eagles and United Way hope to inspire residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania to become more involved in their community. During this national day of community service, NFL players trade in their shoulder pads, cleats and helmets for tool belts, aprons or mud boots—whatever's needed—to lend aid and assistance to people in their communities. During Hometown Huddle, approximately 300 players, team reps and their families interact with literally thousands of people who benefit from United Way support throughout the country.
Hometown Huddle is a collection of hands-on volunteer projects implemented simultaneously by every NFL team on a single Tuesday across the country. For the last four years, NFL players and their families have participated in a variety of activities ranging from bakesales to skill-building sessions for teens to making Halloween decorations for local hospitals.
Hometown Huddle represents a snapshot of some of the volunteer activities in which NFL players participate year round with local United Way agencies.
""Our teams and players spend countless number of hours in their local communities year-round,"" said NFL's Director of Community Affairs David Krichavsky. ""We are honored to support United Way, our long-time partner, to continue to rebuild and