Get Moving, Canada! NFL PLAY 60 Flies North for Year Three

The NFL PLAY 60 Rising Star Combine is returning north of the border to encourage more Canadian youth to get active!


TORONTO – For the third consecutive season, NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign, comes to Canada in partnership with developmental football programs, encouraging Canada’s next generation to get active for 60 minutes a day.

Players from across the league make their way to cities across Canada and provide youth with the core fundamentals they need to continue to develop not only as a player on the field, but as a person off of it.

“North and South of the border, NFL PLAY 60 is dedicated to helping youth learn the importance of living a healthy and active life,” stated David Thomson, Managing Director, NFL Canada.

“Our goal is to encourage our youngest generations to grow both in, and out of, the game. Additionally, visiting cities across Canada allows us to recognize the efforts occurring at the grassroots level of the game, and acknowledge the daily commitment parents, coaches and players make.”


After two successful summer programs across the country, representatives from seven different NFL teams will be making their way to seven different cities to host this year’s NFL PLAY 60 Rising Star Combine. Included in the tour are two cities new to the Rising Star Combine – Halifax, NS and Calgary, AB.

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

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

Toronto, ON

Special Guests: Atlanta Falcons

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Time: 10AM-2PM ET

Location: De La Salle College

Vancouver, BC

Special Guests: New Orleans Saints

Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Time: 10AM-2PM PT

Location: Terry Fox Field at Simon Fraser University

Halifax, NS

Special Guests: New England Patriots

Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Montréal, QC

Special Guests: Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Langley, BC

Special Guests: Defensive end Christian Covington, linebackers Brennan Scarlett and Whitney Mercilus from the Houston Texans, tackle Jake Matthews of the Atlanta Falcons, and center Mike Matthews of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Date: Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Time: 9AM-12PM PT

Location: McLeod Athletic Park (58 Ave. & 214 St.)

Winnipeg, MB

Special Guests: Minnesota Vikings

Date: Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Calgary, AB

Special Guests: San Francisco 49ers

Date: Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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About NFL PLAY 60: For over a 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 $350 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 250 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, visit or follow @NFLPLAY60 and @NFLCanada.