Hometown Huddle: Cru Football players help inspire youth to be active

Crusader Stadium hosted the United Way of Central Texas’ event “Hometown Huddle” on Saturday, March 24.
This event, which was free for both boys and girls ages 7-12 in the community, aimed to promote healthy lifestyles through different exercise stations and included two notable guest speakers.
“The purpose of Hometown Huddle was to teach children the benefits of eating healthy, exercising daily and making smart food choices, Graduate Assistant Baylor Mullins, who was involved in the event, said.
“Children participated in multiple non-contact football stations guided by Titan Total Training Chief Executive Officer and UMHB alumnus Ike Shaw and NFL Free Agent Linebacker and UMHB alumnus Jerrell Freeman, along with current UMHB football players.”
Cru football players had the unique opportunity to serve the community and inspire children to pursue their dreams in a more personal setting.
“As a UMHB football Graduate Assistant, I assisted in getting current UMHB football players there to help work with Ike Shaw and Jerrell Freeman in the different exercise stations,” Mullins said.
This event, which takes place annually, is a fun and interactive way for kids in the Belton/Temple community to be educated on the importance of daily exercise.
“I think it is beneficial for the kids that were involved because so many of them look up to older football players,” Mullins said.
“Seeing older college and a professional football player there to help teach and guide them through different stations is very beneficial to the young kids in seeing how they can be successful in living a healthy lifestyle.”
Mullins said his favorite part was seeing the many different ages of kids come out and just have fun while also learning about how to eat healthy and learn different exercises.
“It is great also to see current UMHB players and former Cru player Jerrell Freeman come back and give to the community,” he said.

Author: Geri Wissink

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