I remember thinking that gym class was a waste of time… but if Ray Rice had shown up to my school, I guess I might have thought otherwise. Which is exactly what happened at Towson’s Immaculate Heart of Mary School earlier this week.
Rice (along with Ravens teammates Ricky Williams, Torrey Smith, Lee Evans, and Andre Gurode) stopped by to recognize the school as an official NFL Play 60 Super School. Which is to say that the school was recognized for encouraging healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, along with 33 other schools nationwide.
According to the Sun, the Ravens were welcomed in true teen idol fashion, with tweens shaking, screaming, and proudly wearing purple. The school’s team spirit benefits everyone: students who wear Ravens gear on Fridays must pay 50 cents for the privilege, and the funds get donated to various charities (including Rice’s non-profit). The school wins, too — the designation as an official Play 60 Super School came with a $10,000 check to be spent on wellness programming or fitness equipment.