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Leonard Pope raising awareness for childhood obesity

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope was back in his hometown of Americus for his 6th annual all star kids weekend. This year's event had a twist. On a scorching June day Pope made South Georgia sweat.

Pope didn't get to the NFL by sitting around playing video games.

"Growing up on a continental farm you know we just stayed playing football and just running around so I was very active" said Pope.

The NFL star wants today's youth to be just as active. 

"The kids are really enjoying themselves man they're working up a sweat we're doing drills and stuff."

The goal is to raise awareness for childhood obesity.

"It's really becoming an epidemic and I really just want to get the kids out of the house and get them from playing video games and just get them a rise and stuff."

With the help of the Americus-Sumter football team and two time pro bowler Marcus McNeill Pope is raising awareness one football drill at a time.

"Me and Leonard are doing the same thing. I fight child hood obesity around the metro Atlanta area you know and so him having this cause and having the kids out here all day working out getting away from the video games" said McNeill.

 Pope is hoping to inspire kids by promoting hard work and an active lifestyle.

"Anything is possible you know do what you want to do and follow your dreams you know anything that you believe you want to be just believe" said Pope.

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