Vice President Gore, Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder and five NFL players yesterday visited Abraham Lincoln Junior High School in Northwest Washington to promote the league's community youth programs.

"It all begins on the playing field," Redskins cornerback Darrell Green said, urging more than 200 students gathered on a grass field behind the school to get involved in NFL youth programs.

Yesterday's event was part of NFL Play Football Day, a national celebration of the league's programs that are expected to attract 5 million boys and girls in about 12,000 schools nationwide this year.

"The NFL is doing its part . . . in after-school programs," Gore said. "But we have to do more as a nation because there are millions of children who come home after school to an empty house."

Green was joined by Jamal Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons, Steve McNair of the Tennessee Titans, Jonathan Ogden of the Baltimore Ravens and Jason Sehorn of the New York Giants. The NFL players participated in a flag football game with some of the students and signed autographs.

"When we come out here on the playground and come out here with the kids, we need to give them more than a tip on how to get in a three-point stance," Green said. "They need to be able to look at our lives and be able to listen to us and talk to us about real life issues."

Seventh-grader Jeremiah Herring, 13, said, "I like it because it's good to see that they're doing something in the community and giving back to the community."