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UMass football players read to kids during Holyoke block party

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The UMass football team is on their bye week, which allowed several of the Minutemen to make their way out to the Envision Depot Square block party Saturday afternoon.

The players worked the reading stations for kids, as they shared the story Henry Gets Moving.

The book, which encourages kids to get off the couch and play, is co-authored by the UMass team physician, Dr. Pierre Rouzier.

"About a year ago, I was visiting my son in Miami," said Rouzier. "He and a friend said, 'Dad, we have got to write a kids book to combat childhood obesity. So we can get this problem taken care of. Let's find this character that everyone will want to rally around and lets call him Henry.' And that was their idea." 

While the book is available at places like Amazon, the authors are looking for donations to allow them to give large quantities of the book to school children.

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