Gearing Up for Fall

Summer is quickly drawing to a close, kids are headed back to school and one of the best times of the year – football season – is here! Here are a few fun and new Fuel Up to Play 60 nuggets to get you back up to speed on the latest with the program:

Read The Huddle: A new blog written by Fuel Up to Play 60 students is now online. Want to hear stories from students about how they’re implementing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program? Check out the posts to hear about what’s going on with Fuel Up to Play 60 team captains from across the country, and how they are working to make a difference in their schools and communities. Kicking off the first post was Matt Cassel, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, who spoke with Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors at this summer’s National Summit.

Take the Pledge: This year, we’re starting the school year off in a big way with the Are You In? Fuel Up to Play 60 Pledge Campaign. We’re asking students to take the Fuel Up to Play 60 pledge and to rally their friends, parents and teachers to do the same — the more people in your school who take the pledge, the greater your chances of winning a visit from an NFL player. By participating, students also have a chance to win a customized NFL jersey. Start spreading the word now – the official pledge campaign closes on September 30, 2012!

Success Stories: Looking for some inspiration and examples of how Fuel Up to Play 60 is being implemented in schools across the Midwest? We’ve posted a new batch of stories on Here are some highlights from a few – be sure to check out all of them:

  • From Arkansas: Lamar Elementary Physical Education teacher and Arkansas’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor of the year, Michele Brown, set a goal to collectively decrease her school’s body mass index. As a result, their Fuel Up to Play 60 club has been more active than ever.
  • From Kansas: Ridgeview Elementary has received multiple visits from NFL players for their extensive efforts.
  • From Nebraska: St. Bernard’s Fuel Up to Play 60 team spent two days capturing photos of all 190 members of the student body with milk mustaches.
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