Student athletes tie one on

HD Woodson football players learn life skills by learning to tie ties.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - We're always spotlighting professional teams, but right now it's all about some high schoolers trying to do what's right.

Football players at H.D. Woodson High School took part in the "Power Close Ties" ceremony to show off their tie tying skills.

The ceremony is meant to be a transition from boyhood to manhood for these student athletes.

It's the brainchild of a parent, a teacher and a social worker. They hope learning this life lesson inspires the young men to commit to a life of achievement and success.

In turn, this could help strengthen communities struggling with crime, poverty and high drop out rates.

Some of the players we talked to said when they become fathers, they want to be able to show their sons how to tie ties instead of telling them to go to Google or YouTube. They also said everyone won't make a career of football and they should know some life skills.

Our Frank Hanrahan challenged one of the students to a tie-off. Who do you think won?


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