PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Students at Westinghouse Academy make plenty of noise when Steelers’ star Cam Heyward and nine rookies made a surprise visit.
“Give me some examples of exercises,” Heyward shouts, leading youngsters in pushups.
It’s immediately clear this is not going to be a spectator sport.
“We were in their shoes at one time and we had athletes and heroes of ours come,” he says. “So it’s just a nice thing to give back, and hopefully, they take it to heart.”
The Steelers’ visit is part of a nationwide program called “Play 60.” The NFL has teamed up with the United Way to promote health and fitness.
Katie Harbison, of the United of Southwestern Pennsylvania, says this is a select group of students.
“These are kids who are doing really well in school, have really good attendance, so it’s probably the best incentive for these kids to be rewarded for that,” she said.
This is one gym class the kids will never forget.
“These are lives we’re trying to touch,” Heyward says. “These kids could be in our position one day. And we want to see them do the same as well.”