CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - When most of us were younger, we got exercise by playing outside until the street lights came on.
But these days, video games have kept many children homebound.
That's why a local football team recently paid a visit to a Clarksville middle school.
Members of Clarksville Fox, a women's semi-pro full-time football team, visited Kenwood Middle School for fun and education.
LaShonda King-Knowles, who manned the basketball portion, said the women wanted to encourage the children to be healthy by having fun exercising.
Heidi McGuire, who plays defensive end, said the women wanted to motivate the children "to move on their own" and "remember that there's more to do out there than just play the video games."
The team visited the students during their physical exercise class.
Some of the students said they were surprised to meet female football players.
"Like for the young guys, they were kind of excited. They see that it's women out here, the coach introduced us as the Women's football team, and also, a couple of the girls who came over to us, asked, ‘Do you guys really play?'" said one player. "And it's an eye-opener for them."
"A lot of people look up to different athletes, different stars and say, ‘I want to be like this person,'" said owner Rob Brown, owner and general manager of the Clarksville Fox. "It's great when a child can look up to an athlete and see them working out, see them exercising and see them being successful in life and having fun."
Tryouts for the Clarksville Fox football team will take place over the next four Saturdays at Northwest High School.