MEREDITH NICHOLSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECEIVES NFL PLAY 60 GRANT
Meredith Nicholson Elementary School (Indianapolis Public Schools No. 96) has been named as one of 34 schools chosen as NFL Play 60 Super Schools, the NFL has announced.
More than 5,500 schools entered the Back to Football Friday contest during Kickoff. Meredith Nicholson Elementary will receive a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming or equipment and a visit from an Indianapolis Colts player.
"Health and wellness is very important to our school," said Meredith Nicholson Elementary principal Linda Ededuwa. "I tell our students that dreams do come true. We want them to be the best of the best and need to prove this outside the walls of the school. This is one way to show others that IPS is the best.
"We will be using these funds, not just for the school, but we want something that will benefit the health and wellness of the Westside community."
To celebrate the start of the 2010 NFL season, fans were encouraged to demonstrate their passion for their favorite NFL teams and their excitement for the upcoming season by planning a unique Back to Football Friday event for their school, all to support youth health and wellness. Schools that entered the Back to Football Friday contest at www.NFLRUSH.com/BackToFootball submitted photos of their event and answered brief essay questions. Thirty-four winning schools were selected as "NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools," one in each of the 32 NFL markets, and two at-large winners. The full list of winning schools is below.
The "NFL PLAY 60 Super School" program focuses on inspiring students to make healthy choices. The winning schools will have the opportunity to host a visit from their favorite NFL team and an NFL player and participate in the Ultimate NFL Physical Education Class. Players will help the students get 60 minutes of exercise, as part of the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and wellness campaign. Super School visits will begin on October 26 and continue through January 2011.
In addition to the $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant, the NFL will donate all fitness equipment used during the Ultimate Physical Education Class for students to use in the future.
Kids and parents can learn more about Back To Football and NFL PLAY 60 at www.NFLRUSH.com.
About NFL PLAY 60In October 2007, the NFL launched PLAY 60, a national youth health and wellness campaign focused on increasing the health and wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health with an impressive roster of partner organizations. In addition to national reach through PSAs and online programs, PLAY 60 is also implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs.