Intro: The Indianapolis Colts teamed up with the American Heart Association, the Y of Greater Indianapolis and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health to organize a youth football camp launching the 2015 PLAY 60 Challenge Program, presented by McDonald's®.
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 PLAY 60 Challenge Launch Party took place at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on September 22 and featured nearly 300 youth participants. Students were selected from the following Central Indiana schools: Central Elementary, Eagle Creek Elementary, Fishers Elementary, Garden City Elementary, Hornet Park Elementary, IPS Super School, McClelland Elementary, McCordsville Elementary, Rhoades Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Sand Creek Intermediate.
Participants were divided into groups and rotated through six different fitness stations to learn about the PLAY 60 initiative. Youth athletes were educated on the importance of physical activity with several football skill drills, various teamwork activities and even a Zumba dance session. The stations featured Colts players C Jonotthan Harrison and ILB Junior Sylvestre, Colts Cheerleaders, Colts Mascot Blue and staffing from both the American Heart Association and the Y of Greater Indianapolis.
As a part of the NFL's PLAY 60 initiative, the PLAY 60 Challenge will run September through November to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by encouraging children and families to have at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Participants will track their activities and minutes for a six week period.
Indiana schools have registered to participate in the PLAY 60 Challenge through the American Heart Association and after-school programs associated with The Y of Greater Indianapolis. Schools and after-school classes who successfully complete the challenge according to program guidelines are competing for an opportunity to win tickets to a Colts home game, a visit from Colts Cheerleaders and a Top School Trophy.
The Colts teamed up with the American Heart Association and the Y of Greater Indianapolis to kick off the Play 60 program.