Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins may have shown off some dance moves on Wednesday afternoon at George W. Childs School in South Philadelphiaas he and his wife Johari talked about healthy eating habits, but it was what he said about fitness that stuck with the kids.
After the event, even after the Rollins' left, some of the kids went up to thank and hug Mina Sabet, executive director for The Rollins Family Foundation.
"You can just tell there's a combination of excitement and really feeling empowered and excited to be leaders," Sabat said.
The enthusiasm was equally met by Jimmy Rollins. He talked one-on-one with a lot of the eighth-graders and snapped a few selfies with them.
"Now that I've gotten my education, and met my wife who's educated me even more, it's important that skids know that eating healthy is a very important of life, not just sports," Jimmy Rollins said after the event.
The program was made possible by the Food Trust's HYPE program, which stands for Healthy You, Positive Energy — a youth leadership program. The Rollings Family Foundation made a $10,000 donation to The Food Trust.
"Our thing is to get them while they are young, to make that change going forward," Rollins said of talking to the students. "We don't have all the arms ourselves. The Food Trust is another branch to reach out."