Balloon Art Popular With Students, Players

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At today’s “Covered for the Holidays” event at the Metro Center Macy’s, the Redskins players got to interact on the same level as elementary school children.

But in order to do that, they had to be properly outfitted upon arrival.

One of the additional perks of the day is that students were given a balloon along with their coats, hats, gloves and goodie bags.  Who would have suspected that the balloons would end up being one of the favorite items, especially among players.

Before the players ever arrived, the students entertained themselves with a joust:

And the horseplay didn’t stop once the players arrived.  It just featured grown men after a while.

There were balloon dogs, reindeer, Santas, candy canes, snowmen, swords, bows and arrows.  The balloon bows and arrows were big hits among the players, as Donte’ Stallworth, DeJon Gomes and Oshiomogho Atogwe launched their “arrows” until they popped.

I was “accidentally” targeted three times, once by Atogwe and twice by Gomes.  The yellow blur below is a lucky picture of DeJon’s first whoopees:

“I think the arrows are just attracted to you, man,” he said.

I think I just happened to be an easy target.

The best balloon of the day would have to go to Redskins returner Brandon Banks, who sported a Rudolph balloon hat.  Check it out:

The balloons were a great ice breaker for the students and the players, and it was all part of a great day at the Macy’s and Redskins Charitable Foundation’s “Covered for the Holidays” event.

Check out the video of the event below, complete with an footage of Atogwe testing his bow:
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