NFL players will be delivering inspiration, fitness and technology to four Canadian schools this Spring.
In addition to a school visit from an active NFL star, 2012/13 NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes winners will also earn NFL Play 60 fitness equipment and a $5,000 Samsung Hope for Children technology grant for their schools.
NFL Play 60 is the National Football League’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.
The Samsung Hope for Children program was launched globally to bring attention to the worldwide need for childhood education, health, and environmental sustainability. With their $5,000 technology grant, winning schools can choose from a variety of Samsung devices, including tablets, PCs and computer monitors, to enhance interactive learning in their classrooms.
“Together with the National Football League we are proud to help provide teachers and students with the resources they need for success,” said Andrew Barrett, VP Marketing, Samsung Canada.”Enabling active healthy lifestylesand improving learning environments are important pillars of the Samsung Hope for Children program.”
Parents of school-aged children in Canada are encouraged to nominate their children for the 2012 NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. Nominations will be accepted between October 22, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Nominations can be submitted by visiting http://www.nfl.com/takeaplayer
Over the past six years, and in conjunction with Sportsnet, NFL stars including Seattle Seahawks Marcus Trufant and Golden Tate, Buffalo Bills CJ Spiller and George Wilson, Chicago Bear Israel Idonije and New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski have visited Canadian schools as part of the program.
The NFL PLAY 60 initiative is prominent during the NFL’s key calendar events, including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Draft, Kickoff and Thanksgiving and is supported by many NFL players and coaches in Canada and the United States year round. To date, the NFL has dedicated over $200 million to youth health and wellness through NFL PLAY 60, and More than 1,500 PLAY 60 youth events have been organized.