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Cincinnati Bengals players had a different kind of work out Tuesday, as the team helped kick off National Day of Service events in the city.

“It’s a lot of hard work but it’s kind of fun,” C.J. Uzomah said. “We’re having fun with it.”

Uzomah joined his Bengals teammates to help clean up Inwood Park.

“We’re just picking up trash around here while they clear the woods out,” tight end Jordan Franks said.

The players were joined by Cincinnati Parks’ staff.

“They’re not just here for a photo opportunity,” Cincinnati Parks spokesman Rocky Merz said. “They’ve got sweat coming out of their pores. They’re huffing and puffing and most of all they’re having fun. And, it’s really amazing to see what you can do in an hour or two in a park.”

The players were able to clear up a lot of the park, from cleaning up overgrowth of the woods, to picking up litter and stepping over syringes.

Inwood Park was in need of some T.L.C.

“It’s kind of sad to see but, that’s why we’re out here to help,” Franks said.

Franks and Uzomah agreed the most important factor is creating a safe environment for children to play.

“I think it’s important to have an area where kids can feel safe, come out, have fun, play sports, play games and hang out with their friends, and be active,” Uzomah said. “Not being cooped up playing video games all day. I think it’s very important to come out here and for them to feel safe.”

It marked an important start to kick off National Day of Service on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Cincinnati Parks is still in need of volunteers to help clean Eden Park, Hopkins Park and Ault Park.

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