NFL Player helps children walk away pounds.

by Curtis McCloud

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Martha Barnum's day began around 6 o'clock this morning, preparing breakfast for her grandchildren.

For three weeks her grandchildren have been anxiously awaiting the annual Leonard Pope weekend. The NFL star is back in his hometown of Americus to give back.This year's event aimed to combat obesity in today's youth.

Martha Barnum says "the thought that Leonard has for this year with this day they have health wise exercise for the kids we are very glad for that."

Leonard Pope says, "what I am really trying to do is create awareness for childhood obesity and just get the kids out and just help them do fitness drill and get them  out the house."

To do that, the former University of Georgia football star teamed up with Phoebe Sumter Medical Center to sponsor a walk for children and their parents in the community.

His mission of helping kids is gaining traction. They lined up in dozens to support his cause and see someone larger than life. But it's nothing new for Pope. Marcus Johnson says "we wanted to do something for the kids, childhood obesity is a big problem in the entire united states but definitely in southwest Georgia , and in our community. "

Pope says "its not all about playing games and staying in the house you try to get out and try to get fit."