Eagles players showcase their green thumbs with Philly students

Andrew Kramer
October 07, 2019 - 7:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After mowing down the New York Jets on Sunday, some Eagles players traded in their helmets and pads for gardening tools on Monday.

Mack Hollins, Boston Scott, Joe Ostman and Jordan Mailata joined students who are part of Martin Luther King High School's Farm Club in the garden outside the school building.

The players helped the students plant fruit trees and flowers.

"Realistically as a kid, you don't really know, if you just grew up with food, it's always at the store," Hollins said. "But really, that you can come out here in a few years and see fresh food you grow, it's pretty awesome."

Food Moxie partnered with the school to create this club. 

"Programs are focused on inspiring people to grow, cook and eat healthy foods," explained the organization's executive director Lisa Mosca. "We are trying to taste unfamiliar foods with a goal that students are more likely to do so in the future. So our focus is really on produce, fruits and vegetables. We have a fruit, vegetable and herb of the week."

She said students in this club also get to learn motor skills and teamwork by gardening. Food Moxie also works with students with autism in the life skills classes.

Senior David Mathis, like many students, became wide-eyed when the Eagles players first walked into the garden.

"Very excited," he told KYW Newsradio. "It's special. I'm glad these guys are here, it's really a great experience. I don't usually see famous people like that in person." 

Eagles players are involved in community events like this each week the day after a game. 

The team calls it "Community Monday."

"It's super cool for us," added Hollins. "Any bumps and bruises you had during the game, they kind of vanish when you see the smiles on these kids' faces."

He said he had a garden growing up, so this wasn't his first time using shovels and rakes.