Last week my children's school was lucky enough to have a visit from our local pro football team and I volunteered to help at the event. It was SO much fun for kids, teachers, and parent volunteers. (No players could attend, but the two staffers who did were energetic and enthusiastic, winning over the kids easily.)
The staff, with help from some 5th-graders, set up 5 different stations where kids could try out different football skills, like running, passing, receiving, kicking, and blocking. Kids spent a total of 45 minutes rotating through the stations, so they could perform each skill several times. The station I helped with is pictured. Kids had to run across a hopscotch-like ladder (far left in photo), hit two large foam "blockers" (not shown), jump over the foam pads in the foreground, weave around the set of pads and cones at right, and finally kick a football into the net.
At both the start and the end of the event, the team staffers reminded the kids that to stay strong and healthy, they need to play at least 60 minutes a day. They definitely got the message that active play is a lot of fun! You can see a few more pictures of the event on my Facebook page (don't miss the action shot of me diving through two upright foam pads...).
To learn more about the NFL's Play60 efforts and other outreach programs for kids and schools, visit NFLRush.com. Every club is different, but if you live in an NFL market, you may be able to bring a special event to your child's school.
Photo: Catherine Holecko