Kids engaged in some of the drills the players do at practice.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. —
Some Panthers stars spent the day at Fort Bragg, giving soldiers and kids football pointers, but it was not all fun and games.
Eyewitness News found out they brought a serious message to the base.
Beyond excited would be a good description of the fifth graders at Fort Bragg, who got first-hand instruction from some Carolina Panthers.
Play 60 is an NFL initiative to encourage physical activity.
"It is really fun because it is like, you get to experience to practice kind of like the football players do," said fifth-grader Keri Ann Rodriguez.
Like NFL players, service members share an increasing concern about concussions and traumatic brain injuries. In a forum they shared information and stories.
"While I was out on that mission, we unfortunately, my team and I were exposed to a blast," said Captain Erin Long.
The goal is to promote awareness and keep both teams safe.
"The problem is, when you are concussed your brain doesn't work very well, and when your brain doesn't work very well, you may not make the best decisions," said Dr. Steven Lewis of the Womack Army Medical Center.
It is not just kids that are often told to tough it out.
The six combat brigades and Special Forces unit on post are expected to overcome in most circumstances, but what all of us need to learn is when to sit out.
"When we talk about 25 years from now, the changes are going to be taking our youth and re-educating them on this issue," said NFL player Mike Rucker.
The Defense Department and the NFL have partnered to make a safer helmet, and, even with new technology education is key.