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McConaughey and 49ers unite for kids' health

'We Are Marshall' actor teams with Pro Bowlers Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis to highlight value of exercise, nutrition for kids

An A-list actor and two Pro Bowl football players huddled at the San Francisco 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto Tuesday to emphasize the importance of daily exercise, nutrition and healthy activity for kids.

"We Are Marshall" actor Matthew McConaughey teamed with a handful of San Francisco 49ers players -- including Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis -- to lead the 49ers Academy students in a plethora of football drills beneath the sweltering September sun.

"I don't think we'll have a problem breaking a sweat in this heat," McConaughey said.

The event was a collaboration between McConaughey's j.k. livin foundation ("Just Keep Livin"), the 49ers RESPECT campaign and the NFL PLAY 60 campaign. Academy students were all smiling as McConaughey, alongside his girlfriend, Camila Alves, spoke about the importance of healthy habits and frequent exercise. McConaughey also expressed appreciation for the 49ers players on hand and the impression they have on today's youth.

"These athletes are role models for the students and will create such positive examples for them," McConaughey said.

Other 49ers players in attendance were cornerback Tarell Brown, wide receiver Josh Morgan, safety Reggie Smith, safety Curtis Taylor and offensive guard Tony Wragge. All led groups of students on an array of football drills that included passing, footwork and tackling.

Willis, McConaughey and Davis grouped together near the tackling station. At one point Davis walked past the line of students, whispering to each as he passed. The students then broke into a chorus of "MATTHEW! MATTHEW!" urging the Texas native to demonstrate his tackling technique. McConaughey smiled, turned his baseball cap backward and lunged at the tackling dummy.

Davis, a spokesperson for the NFL's PLAY 60 campaign, spoke enthusiastically about working alongside McConaughey and the j.k. livin foundation to help highlight the value of healthy living.

"I'm excited to work with Matthew (McConaughey) and his foundation to help youth in the Bay Area understand the importance of exercising and making smart nutritional choices every day," Davis said.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm


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Posted by Mr Fischer
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm

THANK YOU !!!!!!!!! 49er player(S),...You are an inspiration to our children, and more than that,..the adults too! I believe if you want make anything happen for the better of our community the parents here will support you, me I am always looking for something new. GOOOOOOD Job Niners,...(hint) your ex-chauffer. call me if you need me.

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Posted by El Palo Alto Daughters of the American Revolution
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

Stephanie Smith, recipient of the Alice W. Rooke Daughters of the American Revolution medical scholarship, was the guest of honor at the El Palo Alto Chapter’s September meeting at The Forum in Cupertino. El Palo Alto Chapter sponsored Stephanie in her application for the scholarship.
Stephanie is an accomplished young woman with a very impressive resume.
She grew up in Tracy, CA, graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in public health, worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and returned to the Bay Area to attend medical school at Stanford (where she is currently in her second year).
Stephanie’s interest in cancer survivorship, support, education, and care has evolved over the years. She has volunteered, participated in research, and found her passion in public health and ultimately medicine. She dedicates her journey into medicine in honor and in memory of those who have influenced and inspired her.

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Posted by great
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 30, 2010 at 3:31 am

wow...EPA goin hollywood!!

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Posted by nutrition for kids
a resident of another community
on Nov 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

just wading through a stack of sites looking for some good info on
nutrition for kids (amongst other things) and i found your post pretty helpful

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