Growing up in Indianapolis, Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss was always outside playing.
"My mom would always send us out of the house," Doss said in a telephone interview. "She didn't want us in the house all day playing video games. So, I stayed outside all day playing.
"That's why I got to the spot I'm at right now in the NFL. That's how I developed my skills playing against other kids."
Today, Doss is delivering that message to students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy at Fort McHenry Park in Baltimore in advance of the National Kids to Parks Day that's set for May 18.
"There's that whole family bonding thing," Doss said. "I'm ready to spread the word and encourage kids to use the parks out there."
Partnering with the NFL Players Association and National Park Trust, this is the third consecutive year they're celebrating the outdoors in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside initiative.
"The whole premise of the program is to engage hundreds of thousands of children and their families and our goal is for them to love their parks and promote healthy outdoor recreation," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director. "The NFL Players Association have been wonderful ambassadors with the importance of children and family going outside and getting their bodies moving. It's a very natural partnership. We're thrilled Tandon will help us jumpstart the event."
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