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Titans mascot T-RAC and Titans personnel spoke with the entire student body about how to take care of their bodies – pushing the NFL Play60 program, which encourages at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day to help curve childhood obesity.
“It’s a big deal to our players and it’s a big deal to our coaches,” Titans play-by-play voice Mike Keith told the Manchester Times Monday morning. “It’s a program that delivers a message the kids understand and it gets them excited. The teachers can then incorporate it into their classrooms.
“Larry Stone originally wrote this program 10 years ago and it has really evolved to add audio and video elements … the kids get to be as loud as they want.”
The Tennessee State Parks, celebrating their 75th anniversary, sponsored the stop and had rangers present to show the students a live Bald Eagle.
As part of the legends tour, former Titans Frank Wycheck and Blaine Bishop signed autographs and posed for pictures outside the school with teachers, parents and fans. A traffic snag caused Wycheck and Bishop to be late.
“The school program doesn’t use the players as much as it does T-RAC,” explained Keith. “We are incorporating the Play60 program at the schools. We try to make two or three school stops a day and two or three public stops.”
After this week the Titans caravan will have made 50 stops across the midstate.
“It’s always awesome [to get in the communities,]” former Titan safety Blaine Bishop told the Manchester Times. “To interact with the fans is always a delight. I’m a fan of the Titans and Mike Munchak, who I played with my rookie year, actually. I feel like the Titans have a bright future.”