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Patrick Chung, Jabaal Sheard, Markus Kuhn take on hula hoops, jump rope

The players put down the football for hula hoops and jump ropes in Pawtucket.

Patrick Chung, Jabaal Sheard and Markus Kuhn showed off their best playground tricks. From hula hoops to jump ropes, the Patriots kept moving as part of a Play 60 After School Kick Off event at Slater Park in Pawtucket, R.I.

Play 60 After School Kick Off awarded the Pawtucket parks and recreation department with a $7,500 grant, which will be used to help pay for an AstroTurf field at the Max Read Field. The field will be home to the city's youth sports.

Wednesday marked a celebration of this grant, as well as encouraging the 60 students on hand to get outside for at least an hour a day and to eat right. Patrick, Jabaal and Markus led the students in stretches and activity stations.

While the guys can move on the gridiron, both Jabaal and Patrick said they needed to get back in hula hoop and jump rope form respectively.

"Obviously my jump roping skills are not up to par," Patrick said. "I've got to start practicing that."

With the activities, the players, along with the New England Dairy Council, were able to stress the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

"It's easy just to get distracted by video games and a bunch of nonsense, so go outside and do something constructive, something that's going to push your limit a little bit so you can get better in life," Patrick said to the group. "You know, if you start now at a young age, as you get older the sky's the limit for you to be successful. So stay out of trouble, please. Listen to your parents. Eat right and have fun. You guys will be fine."

For Jabaal, the chance to provide kids with a positive influence is one he values.

"From Cleveland to Pittsburgh to where I grew up, kids look up to you as role models. If you could be a positive role model in their life and show them the importance of coming outside for 60 minutes a day, why not go out there and do it? That's always been big to me," Jabaal said. "I looked up to football players as a kid so the fact that I'm a football player now and I'm able to do that, I mean, I always want to be a part of it."

Check out photos from the event in the gallery below.

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Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard, S Patrick Chung and DL Markus Kuhn were at Slater Park in Pawtucket on Wednesday for an NFL Play 60 event. The players taught kids from local schools the importance of exercise and presented the city of Pawtucket with a $7,500 grant.

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