The Rumours are True: NFL PLAY 60 is Returning to Canada

The Rumours are True: NFL PLAY 60 is Returning to Canada

For the second consecutive year, NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign, will venture north to work with Canadian developmental football programs to encourage Canada’s next generation to get active for 60 minutes a day.

“This is an opportunity to recognize the wonderful efforts occurring at the grassroots level in Canada. The success of the NFL PLAY 60 program in Canada is truly a reflection of the passion and commitment that coaches, players and parents continue to demonstrate across our country every single day,” said Tammy Johnson, Marketing & Events at NFL Canada.

On the heels of a successful inaugural campaign, representatives from nine NFL clubs will head to Canada to partake in this year’s festivities. Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL, and a fan favourite at last year’s events, will also reprise her role as a guest instructor at four tour stops.

This year’s NFL PLAY 60 program, the Rising Star Combine, is guaranteed to make Canadian youth feel special. After being drafted, they will be put to the NFL PLAY 60 test with stations that will not only develop their football skills, but teach them valuable lessons like teamwork and sportsmanship, and other ways to have fun while being active.

The NFL PLAY 60 Rising Star Combine will be visiting the following cities:

Regina, SK

Special Guests: Members of the Chicago Bears

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Location: University of Regina

Vancouver, BC

Special Guests: Houston Texans’ DT Christian Covington, Texan’s mascot Toro and Dr. Jen Welter

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Location: Vancouver College

Montréal, QC

Special Guests: Kansas City Chiefs’ OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff and Chiefs’ mascot KC Wolf

Date: Tuesday, June 20th

Location: Percival Memorial Stadium

Hamilton, ON

Special Guests: Members of New Orleans Saints

Date: Saturday, June 24th

Time: 12-2 p.m. ET

Location: St. Thomas More Catholic School

Burnaby, BC

Special Guests: Seattle Seahawks’ TE Luke Willson and Dr. Jen Welter

Date: Saturday, June 24th

Location: Swangard Stadium

Kitchener, ON

Special Guests: Members of the Detroit Lions and Dr. Jen Welter

Date: Saturday, July 8th

Time: 11am – 1pm (Exclusive Waterloo Football Region Clinic) & 1pm- 3pm (Open to the Public)

Location: Cameron Heights Collegiate Field

Montréal, QC

Special Guests: Members of the New England Patriots

Date: Wednesday, July 12th

Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm (Exclusive Flag Plus Football Clinic) & 4:30pm – 6:30pm (Open to the Public)

Location: Stade de soccer de Montréal

Toronto, ON

Special Guests: Members of the Atlanta Falcons and Dr. Jen Welter

Date: Saturday, July 22nd

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Location: Varsity Stadium at University of Toronto

Winnipeg, MB

Special Guests: Members of the Minnesota Vikings

Date: Sunday, July 23rd

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT

Location: East Field at University of Manitoba

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To register for any of the above events, please visit:

For more information on the NFL’s PLAY 60 efforts in Canada, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact

About NFL PLAY 60:

For the past decade, NFL PLAY 60 has brought together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations to increase physical activity among youth. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $325 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements.  The NFL and its teams have constructed more than 200 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into more than 73,000 schools since the campaign launched. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs.

For more information about PLAY 60 or to see how current and former players get active, visit, or follow @NFLPLAY60 and @NFLCanada on Twitter.