After saving their season, Eagles help save football field at Camden high school

Mike DeNardo
November 26, 2018 - 12:24 pm
The NFL gave Woodrow Wilson High School $10,000 to upgrade the football field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After a comeback win Sunday, the Eagles paid it forward on Monday with a gift to Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden.

The stands in the gym were rocking as students cheered on their classmates in a game-show-style competition that included health quizzes, dance routines, races and a basketball challenge. It was part of the NFL's "Play 60" initiative, designed to encourage kids to eat healthy and to play for 60 minutes a day.

The NFL gave the school $10,000 — money that Wilson Athletic Director Will Hickson says will help to upgrade the football field.

"The money's going to be used toward an initiative of getting turf and lights for our athletic facility. So we're in the early stages of trying to obtain that," Hickson said.

Woodrow Wilson High School students cheered on classmates in a game-show-style competition.
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Eagles mascot Swoop and long snapper Rick Lovato energized the crowd — a much easier task, Lovato said, coming off that season-saving win over the Giants.

"The vibe is so much better when you have high hopes for the season now that we're in good shape for the rest of the year," he said.

Junior Makenzie DeLeon says she's an Eagles fan either way.

"It doesn't matter even if they took a loss or a win. We would still support them," she said.