32 schools receive NFL PLAY 60 grants in support of whole-body wellness

American Heart Association

DALLAS, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 One school in each of the 32 National Football League (NFL) team hometowns has won a $1,000 grant for increasing physical activity, as part of the NFL and the American Heart Association’s NFL PLAY 60 Race to Super Bowl LVII, a fitness tracking competition which took place September 26th to October 26th, 2022.

Rooted in American Heart Association science, the NFL PLAY 60 initiative helps children to develop healthy habits for a better chance of a healthy adulthood. The program encourages kids to get a minimum of 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity each day to meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans[1]. Reducing sedentary behavior and increasing physical activity are key to immediate and long-term health for children.

“For 16 years, the American Heart Association and the NFL have teamed up to inspire to get kids moving to support their overall wellness by pairing fun with health fundamentals to drive live-long wellness,” American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brown. “While the program has evolved over the years to meet the needs of today’s students, the mission has always been laser focused as we continue our work to propel physical and mental health in children so they can grow to their full potential.”

During the competition, classrooms and afterschool programs were able to track physical activity minutes as a group through the NFL PLAY 60 app. Students also had the ability to track their minutes at home. Those minutes of activity rolled up to a leaderboard, allowing participants to see rankings compared to other groups participating on behalf of their hometown NFL team. Groups were also allowed to track the minutes they engaged in physical activity through a daily paper tracker.

One grant is awarded on behalf of each of the 32 NFL clubs. The national winner, with the greatest number of logged minutes of activity, will be announced in the NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Fitness Break which will take place on Feb. 9. It will be followed by an NFL PLAY 60 Draft Fitness Break on April 26. Advanced registration for all broadcasts is required.

The winning schools are:

  • Arizona Cardinals – Justine Spitalny STE3AM School, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Atlanta Falcons – Kimberly Elementary, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore Ravens – Trinity Lutheran School, Joppa, Md.
  • Buffalo Bills – St Mary’s School for The Deaf, Buffalo, N.Y,
  • Carolina Panthers – Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Forest City, N.C
  • Chicago Bears – Bruning Elementary School, Wilmington, Ill.
  • Cincinnati Bengals – Steven Dohanos Elementary, Lorain, Ohio
  • Cleveland Browns – Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst, Ohio
  • Dallas Cowboys – Homestead Elementary, Carrollton, Texas
  • Denver Broncos – Lydia Hawk Elementary, Lacey, Wash.
  • Detroit Lions – Minges Brook Elementary, Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Green Bay Packers – St. Mary’s School, Marathon, Wis.
  • Houston Texans – Von Steuben Middle School, Peoria, Ill.
  • Indianapolis Colts – Winans Elementary School, Lansing, Mich.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – Abess Park Elementary, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kansas City Chiefs – Bishop Miege High School, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
  • Las Vegas Raiders – Louis Weiner Jr. Elementary, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Los Angeles Chargers – St. Philomena Elementary, Carson, Calif.
  • Los Angeles Rams – Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Miami Dolphins – Leewood K-8 Center, Miami, Fla.
  • Minnesota Vikings – Garlough Environmental Magnet School, St. Paul, Minn.
  • New England Patriots – Pierce Middle School, Milton, Mass.
  • New Orleans Saints – North Sanpete Middle School, Moroni, Utah
  • New York Giants – Empowerment Academy, Jersey City, N.Y.
  • New York Jets – Oakview Elementary School, Yonkers, N.Y.
  • Philadelphia Eagles – John M. Patterson Elementary School, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – Phillips Elementary, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • San Francisco 49ers – Central Elementary, Lewisville, Texas
  • Seattle Seahawks – Pleasant Glade Elementary, Lacey, Wash.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rampello Downtown Partnership School, Tampa, Fla.
  • Tennessee Titans – Glengarry Elementary School, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Washington Commanders – Watkins Mill Elementary School, Montogomery Village, Md.

“Now more than ever our work alongside American Heart Association to promote healthier lifestyles for all is deeply important,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL senior vice president of social responsibility. “We’re excited to provide grants to 32 schools around the country based on students tracking their movement and we hope this leaves a lasting impact on them to lead healthy lives for years to come.”

In addition to the Race to Super Bowl LVII activities, this year for the first time students and teachers can access on-demand exercises from each of the 32 NFL teams in the digital NFL PLAY 60 library to help them reach their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity.

The NFL and the American Heart Association have been teaming up since 2006 to inspire kids through fun and engaging ways to get physically active. The impact of physical activity on overall mental and physical wellness are essential to help children grow to reach their full potential. Information on the grant process and additional NFL PLAY 60 resources can be found online at heart.org/NFLPLAY60.

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