DALLAS, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 — One school in each of the 32 hometowns of National Football League (NFL) teams won a $1,000 grant to increase physical activity as part of the American Heart Association’s NFL and NFL PLAY 60 Race to Super Bowl LVII, a fitness monitoring competition that took place September 26 to October 26, 2022.
Rooted in science from the American Heart Association, the NFL PLAY 60 initiative helps kids develop healthy habits for a better chance at a healthy adult life. The program encourages children to engage in a minimum of 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity each day to meet the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines of the US Department of Health and Human Services.. Reducing sedentary behavior and increasing physical activity are essential for children’s immediate and long-term health.
“For 16 years, the American Heart Association and the NFL have teamed up to inspire kids to get moving to support their overall well-being, combining fun with health fundamentals to promote lifelong 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 boost children’s physical and mental health so they can develop their full potential. potential.”
During the competition, classrooms and extracurricular programs were able to track group physical activity minutes through the NFL PLAY 60 app. Students also had the ability to track their minutes at home. These activity minutes were accumulated in a leaderboard, allowing participants to see rankings compared to other groups participating on behalf of their hometown NFL team. Groups were also able to track the minutes they engaged in physical activity using a paper diary tracker.
A grant is made on behalf of each of the NFL’s 32 clubs. The national winner with the most recorded minutes of activity will be announced at the NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Fitness Break, taking place on February 9. It will be followed by an NFL PLAY 60 Draft Fitness Break on April 26. Advanced registration for all streams required.
The winning schools are:
- Arizona Cardinals – Justine Spitalny School STE3AM, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Atlanta Falcons – Kimberly Elementary, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Baltimore Ravens – Trinity Lutheran School, Joppa, Md.
- Buffalo Bills – St Mary’s School for The Deaf, Buffalo, NY,
- Carolina Panteras – Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Forest City, NC
- Chicago Bears – Bruning Elementary School, Wilmington, Illinois.
- 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 High School, Peoria, Illinois.
- Indianapolis Colts – Winans Elementary School, Lansing, Mich.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Abess Park Elementary, Jacksonville, Florida.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Bishop Miege High School, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
- Las Vegas Raiders – Luiz Weiner Jr. Elementary, Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Los Angeles Chargers – St. Philomena Elementary, Carson, California.
- Los Angeles Rams – Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, Los Angeles, California
- Miami Dolphins – Leewood K-8 Center, Miami, Florida.
- Minnesota Vikings – Garlough Environmental Magnet School, St. Paul, Minnesota.
- New England Patriots – Pierce Middle School, Milton, Massachusetts.
- Saints of New Orleans – North Sanpete Middle School, Moroni, Utah
- New York Giants – Empowerment Academy, Jersey City, NY
- New York Jets – Oakview Elementary School, Yonkers, NY
- Philly 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, Florida.
- Tennessee Titans – Glengarry Elementary School, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Washington commanders – Watkins Mill Elementary School, Montogomery Village, Md.
“Now more than ever, our work alongside the American Heart Association to promote healthier lifestyles for all is deeply important,” said Anna Isaacson, senior vice president of social responsibility for the NFL. “We are excited to provide grants to 32 schools across the country based on students following their movement and we hope this will leave 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 faculty can access on-demand drills from each of the 32 NFL teams in the NFL PLAY 60 digital library to help them reach the 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 well-being is essential to helping children grow and reach their full potential. Information about the NFL PLAY 60 award process and additional resources can be found online at heart.org/NFLPLAY60.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is an unrelenting force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are committed to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with multiple organizations and supported by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for public health and share life-saving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us at heart.org, Facebook, twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
About NFL PLAY 60
NFL PLAY 60 is the League’s national youth health and wellness campaign to encourage children to exercise physically for at least 60 minutes a day. Since launching PLAY 60 in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $352 million to youth health and fitness through PLAY 60 programming, grants and media time for public service announcements. Over the past decade, the NFL has partnered with leading academic, scientific, and nonprofit organizations to help children of all abilities lead active, healthier lives. The NFL and its clubs have supported programs in more than 73,000 schools and built more than 265 youth fitness zones across the country, giving more than 38 million children the opportunity to increase their physical activity levels. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFL.com/PLAY60.
 Department of Health and Human Services, Physical Activity Guidelines, page 14. Available for download here: https://health.gov/paguidelines/default.aspx