As a reward for eating healthy, staying active and making a difference in their schools and communities, Fuel Up to Play 60 champions from across the Midwest were invited to be a part of NFL game day action, at four NFL PLAY 60 games.
Kansas City: On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted students and program advisors from Kansas and Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium, and treated them to the ultimate tailgate party. They enjoyed an authentic Kansas City-style barbecue, and met and mingled with the Chiefs mascot KC Wolf, the Chiefs cheerleaders, and dairy farmers Steve and Cindy Ohlde from Kansas and Chris and Adriane Heins from Missouri. In addition to the tailgate party, the grand prize winning school, Walnut Grove Elementary in Olathe, Kan., received on-field recognition during the pre-game show (see left). Even though the Chiefs ended up losing to the Denver Broncos, a good time was had by all!
Minnesota: Also on Sunday, Dec. 1, Fuel Up to Play 60 champions from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa gathered together for the ultimate game day experience: a run through the players’ tunnel in front of 64,000 cheering fans prior to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears game on Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. They also rubbed elbows with Viktor, the Vikings’ mascot; Princess Kay of the Milky Way, MarJenna McWilliam; and Minnesota dairy farmers Peter and Stacy Ripka. The students and program advisors also saw a close, thrilling game, with the Minnesota Vikings beating the Chicago Bears 23-20 in overtime.
Chicago: On Monday, Dec. 9, it was Chicago’s turn. Students and program advisors from across Illinois headed to Soldier Field to cheer on the Chicago Bears as they took on the Dallas Cowboys. National Student Ambassador Shauna Gilles from Heritage Grove Middle School in Plainfield, Ill., and State Student Ambassador Taylor Healy from Kinzie Elementary school in Chicago, along with Illinois’s Program Advisor of the Year Wendy Starwault from Carrie Busey Elementary School in Champaign, Ill. received special recognition at the game, representing the 3,800 schools in Illinois that are involved with the program. The ambassadors were selected as Honorary Captains to conduct the coin toss at the start of the game, and were featured on the Video Board. The Bears went on to beat the Cowboys 45-28!
St. Louis: On Sunday, Dec. 15, Edward Jones Dome was filled with Fuel Up to Play 60 champions, ready to watch the St. Louis Rams take on the New Orleans Saints. The students were able to be on the field for pregame warm-ups, and were greeted by game officials. Rogers Middle School Program Advisor Kathy Beezley even participated in the “Tick Tock Beat the Clock” game during one of the longer time outs (see left). The Rams ended up winning 27-16!
Stay tuned for more details on how your school could win a NFL experience next season!