NFL coaches, players and executives helped members of their community PLAY 60 today during the 17th annual NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle league-wide day of service. Teams built fitness zones and playgrounds, hosted youth football clinics and helped kids get active for 60 minutes a day as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign.

Now in its 42nd year, the NFL-United Way partnership connects NFL PLAY 60 with United Way’s goal to get more young people healthy and active. United Way, which works in 1,200 communities across America, is creating healthier communities by increasing access to nutritious foods for families and increasing opportunities for physical exercise and play.

Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations. PLAY 60 also is implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. All 32 clubs activate PLAY 60 locally, with thousands of NFL PLAY 60 events held annually.

“For more than 40 years, our partnership with United Way has positively impacted our youngest fans,” said NFL senior vice president of social responsibility Anna Isaacon. “We are excited to encourage kids to stay active and live healthy lifestyles through our PLAY 60 campaign this year.”

The NFL and United Way invite fans to show how they lead healthy and active lifestyles by tagging @nflplay60 and using the hashtag #HometownHuddle in images on social media channels. Photos will be featured on
unitedway.org/play60.

Below is a snapshot of how teams celebrated Hometown Huddle. New York-based NFL employees joined United Way volunteers and officials from the city of New York at a local school today to help transform outdoor play spaces. NFL employees in Culver City, California led a PLAY 60 clinic and deliver health and wellness kits to a local school.

To learn more about NFL-United Way partnership or NFL PLAY 60 visit unitedway.org/play60 and NFLRUSH.com/play60 or follow @UnitedWay and @NFLPLAY60 on Twitter.

TEAM – HOMETOWN HUDDLE ACTIVITIES

Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals Hometown Huddle event will feature the rebuilding of the Pioneer Preparatory School playground. This past August the playground was set on fire and vandalized and the playground equipment can no longer be used by the students. Cardinals ownership, coaches, players and front office staff will participate in the playground rebuilding, encouraging Phoenix youth to get active for 60 minutes a day.

Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons and owner Arthur Blank participated in Hometown Huddle on October 20 as the team had their 53-man roster, practice squad and alumni split into 12 different groups with each group visiting one location around metro Atlanta.

Baltimore Ravens – On October 12, the Ravens hosted its fourth annual Ravens TEAM Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium as part of the 2015 NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle. Approximately 110 local youth tested their physical endurance and ability to work as a team in order to complete various activities. Each student received a new pair of sneakers, provided by Under Armour. Ravens players, including WR Kamar Aiken, WR Marlon Brown, DE Lawrence Guy, S Anthony Levine, Sr., S Kendrick Lewis and G/T Kelechi Osemele, joined Ravens cheerleaders, mascot Poe and close to 70 volunteers (from the Lady Ravens Association, M&T Bank, Under Armour and United Way) in facilitating the activities and leading youth participants.

Buffalo Bills – On October 12, the Bills Toyota Rookie Club joined the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) to host 100 students from the Buffalo Public Schools at the ADPRO Sports Training Center for an NFL Flag Football Clinic in conjunction with the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program.

Carolina Panthers – In celebration of Hometown Huddle, the Panthers awarded PLAY 60 grants to schools and service organizations across North and South Carolina to support a variety of youth health and wellness programs including playground refurbishments, purchase of physical education equipment or interactive fitness installations. The team partnered with the Southeast Dairy Association and the United Way of Central Carolinas to host a Day of Play on October 20 at a local elementary school. Over 500 students participated in football drills and activity stations with Panthers players, dairy farmers and United Way volunteers.

Chicago Bears – On Tuesday, October 27, the United Way of Lake County, the Bears and Bears Care joined together for their Hometown Huddle event. The Bears and Bears Care contributed $40,000 to help complete two outdoor projects at the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Zacharias Center. CAC serves child victims of abuse and the Zacharias Center serves sexual assault victims. Both of the agencies are located in Gurnee, Illinois and the Bears’ rookies will split up between the two locations to help finish the projects and present a check.

Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals Hometown Huddle project took place on October 13 at William Howard Taft Elementary in Mount Auburn. The club constructed: a new outdoor play structure; installed a new fence line to create a safe environment for the students; created a community garden; hand painted park benches and planters and beautified the space with landscaping. The school did not have a playground for the students to get outside and enjoy outdoor playtime and physical activity. The Marvin Lewis Community Fund and the Bengals teamed with Baker Concrete Construction, Chemed, Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Rotary, Gametime, Interact for Health, Hilltop Basic Resources, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and several other companies along with a number of countless volunteers for this project.

Cleveland Browns – The Browns and United Way of Greater Cleveland joined to install a new play area and beautify the existing courtyard space at Dike School of the Arts in Cleveland on October 20th. Dike School of the Arts is located in Central Neighborhood of Cleveland, which is considered a largely poverty stricken area and serves nearly 400 students, prek-6th grade. Volunteers will build the playground that will include a wave slide, leaf roof, cable climber, vertical ladder, rock wall climber, step climber, ADA transfer position, three step staircase and much more. Art murals were installed in addition to mosaic benches, garden box planters, two arbors and a reading circle. In support of the Play 60 movement, 100 volunteers from the Browns and United Way and nearly 20 players, including Browns spokesman for United Way #53 Craig Robertson, joined together through the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement for this project that will be enjoyed by hundreds of students and families in the inner city. #give10

Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys teamed up with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on October 20 to host their annual Hometown Huddle event at Sanger Elementary School in Dallas. United Way volunteers, along with Cowboys mascot Rowdy and former Cowboys players Bradie James (linebacker, 2003 – 2011) and Larry Brown (cornerback, 1991 – 1995, 1998), painted Fuel Up to Play 60 stencils on the school’s playground and lead students in an hour of flag football and PLAY 60 drills. Fuel Up to Play 60 stencils feature designs that incorporate nutritional messaging as well as games that gets kids up and moving.

Denver Broncos – On November 2, the Broncos will host a big PLAY 60 event with more than 300 kids from all branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver at the Denver Broncos UCHealth Training Facility. Playworks Colorado will run Play 60 activity stations with assistance from Broncos players. All kids in attendance will receive a healthy dinner at the conclusion of the event.

Detroit Lions – The Lions brought 30 students from the city of Detroit to the Detroit Eastern Market to participate in PLAY 60 activities with Playworks Detroit, Lions players and alumni on October 27.

There was a Q&A with the players, a tour and a shopping experience in the market. Students enjoyed a healthy lunch and heard from the Lions Executive Chef Joe Nader about nutrition.

Green Bay Packers – Working with volunteers from the United Way of Brown County, the Packers with funds provided through the NFL Partnership Grants built a playground at Shippy Park in Pulaski, Wisconsin to encourage youth to get out and be active in the local community on October 27.

Houston Texans – The Texans partnered with Special Olympics of Texas and the United Way for Hometown Huddle on October 20 at the Houston Texans YMCA. The Texans hosted a Flag Football Camp for 100 Special Olympics athletes as a way to help further their flag football skills for future Special Olympics games. The Texans rookie class assisted at the various stations along with volunteers from the United Way and coaches from Special Olympics of Texas. Houston Texans Cheerleaders were in attendance to help cheer them on. At the end of the day, athletes competeed in a 40-yard dash race with the fastest camper receiving an award from the Texans. All participants received certificates of completion and have their photo taken with Texans players.

Indianapolis Colts – The Colts and United Way of Central Indiana have teamed up with Indiana Wesleyan University to renovate a fitness room at the Riverside Park and Family Center. The Colts-themed fitness room will be used by hundreds of youth each week, providing them with a fun place to be active indoors. The renovation project includes new flooring and paint, new fitness equipment, three fitness stations and Colts-themed decorations. Colts punter Pat McAfee hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new room on October 20 as a part of the team’s Hometown Huddle event.

Jacksonville Jaguars – On November 3, the Jaguars are partnering with the United Way of Northeast Florida, inviting students to participate in the United Way Achievers for Life program. The event will have 150-200 students participate in a field day with a number of Jaguars players on Ray Green field. Ray Green Field is a local football field that the NFL, City of Jacksonville and the Jaguars partnered to refurbish though the NFL’s Youth Football Field Grant.

Kansas City Chiefs – On October 20, the Chiefs and United Way of Greater Kansas City hosted the 10th annual Chiefs TeamSmile event at the Scout Investments Club Level inside of Arrowhead Stadium. The goal of this outreach initiative, held as part of Kansas City Oral Health Care Day, was to promote dental wellbeing to area children. Nearly 300 Title I eligible youth were treated as a result of the program, receiving dental screenings and procedures in addition the opportunity to participate in PLAY 60 activity stations and to obtain life-skill education. This event typically provides complementary services in excess of $135,000 in value. Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt served as the event’s spokesperson for the ninth season and he was joined on-site by teammates, Chiefs Cheerleaders and mascot KC Wolf.

Miami Dolphins – In partnership with United Way, the Dolphins hosted a Gatorade Junior Training Camp for children with special needs on October 20. Kids  decorated cards for women currently receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings hosted approximately 150 kids from local youth organizations: ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students), North Minneapolis YMCA and Model Cities. The event will take place at the Vikings indoor facility on October 20 where Vikings players were in attendance to take part in a character development lesson and run though drills with the kids.

New England Patriots – On October 20, the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation teamed with the United Way to help provide a new adventure playground to the Dr. Catherine Ellison Rosa Parks Early Education School in Mattapan, Massachusetts. Patriots players volunteered alongside United Way volunteers to provide renovations, including a gaga pit, new storage areas, playground equipment and more. The players will have an opportunity to participate in games alongside the children in their new play space.

New Orleans Saints – The Saints will create and enhance two areas of Andrew Wilson Charter School in New Orleans. One area will be transformed into an indoor Youth Fitness Zone with Saints-branded hydraulic fitness machines, water rowers, treadmills and aerodynamic bikes. Also provided will be a portable television stand with a new television, XBOX Kinect gaming console, and fitness-inspired video games. The second room will be a creative arts room with a laptop station, camcorder and other educational software and games to enhance the students’ digital media capabilities. Both rooms will be revitalized with Saints décor and furnishings. Saints players, Saintsations and staff will be in attendance to help engage the youth in their new fitness zones and teach them how to use the equipment properly. The kids will also enjoy taking part in Saints Junior Training Camp drills with the team mascot as well.

New York Giants – The Giants hosted their Hometown Huddle event on October 27. The team surprised students at Roy W. Brown School with brand new fitness equipment for their physical education classes, including Wii Fit heart rate monitors and activity trackers.

New York Jets – The Jets and United Way of Northern New Jersey have teamed up to contribute $50,000 to install a PLAY 60 Fitness Zone playground at Dover Middle School in Dover, New Jersey. The Jets 2015 Rookie Class will put the finishing touches on the PLAY 60 Fitness Zone playground and take 40 children through fitness activities on the new equipment.

Oakland Raiders – The Raiders participated in the 17th Annual United Way Hometown Huddle on October 19. Their players gave a message about the importance of a healthy body and mind and then led the students through a series of engaging exercises. United Way of the Bay Area’s local ambassador, Raiders Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece played a primary role in the Hometown Huddle service event at Bella Vista Elementary School in Oakland. Marcel spoke to the elementary students about the importance of staying healthy and active. He shared his own stories as well as engaged the students to encourage them to live and prepare for a healthy life. Marcel was joined by several of his teammates including  OL Khalif Barnes,  DT Justin Ellis, LB Jimmy Hall, CB D.J. Hayden, LB Ben Heeney, T Austin Howard, RB Taiwan Jones, RB Latavius Murray, FB Jamize Olawale and G J’Marcus Webb, who then led the student in a Raiders youth football clinic. The emphasis was on making exercise and healthy lifestyle a lifetime focus.

Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles organization in conjunction with United Way presented  Northern Children’s Services with a $25,000 check and provide them with new painted lines on their athletic field on October 20. Eagles players were also in attendance.

Pittsburgh Steelers – On October 20, the Steelers teamed with United Way of Allegheny County to exercise with students. Players, including United Way spokesman DE Cameron Heyward, surprised students at Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8 to celebrate their attendance. These students had a chance to exercise alongside the players, learning about the importance of health and wellness as a part of their success.

San Diego Chargers – The Chargers hosted their Kids News Day event. Chargers players and the Charger Girls were be out on the busy corner of Friars and Frazee selling newspapers to benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital on October 20.

San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers will collaborate with UnitedHealthcare to construct an innovative indoor health and fitness room for the students at a local middle school. The indoor fitness zone will provide a venue to inspire students to become physically fit while sports performance assessment equipment will allow students to measure their athletic performance ability while also learning the science behind how exercise affects their health and wellness. In addition, the 49ers along with UnitedHealthcare will conduct a “Health and Fitness” assembly for 40 students. The event will include the following components: installation of equipment; fitness classroom clean up and finishing touches as needed; health and wellness event and students using the new fitness classroom.

Seattle Seahawks – On October 13, the Seahawks and United Way of King County hosted their Hometown Huddle at Dunlap Elementary. Seahawks players, Sea Gals, Mascot Boom, staff and volunteers were in attendance and interacted with kids at NFL PLAY 60 activity stations. The group also prepared gardens, updated the outdoor playground space, made individual classroom visits and launched United Way’s “Fuel Your Future” program. Additional partners included PCL Construction, Seattle Tilth and Xome.

St. Louis Rams – On October 22, the Rams hosted their annual Hometown Huddle for 150 kids at the O’Fallon Park YMCA. The kids will participate in various PLAY 60 activity stations with Rams players, cheerleaders, Rampage and staff.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – On October 27, the Buccaneers partnered with United Way Suncoast and City of Tampa to perform a major renovation of the Jackson Heights NFL YET Center. The entire Buccaneers front office participated in the renovation, which includes painting, landscaping, dance/fitness room upgrades and interacting with the youth attending the recreation center. More than $50,000 in renovations were performed at Jackson Heights NFL YET Center, along with the announcement of a $200,000 NFL Foundation/LISC Grant to support installation of a synthetic turf football field.

Tennessee Titans – The Titans partnered with United Way of Metro Nashville to bring 70 children from their Family Resource Centers to the practice facility for a PLAY 60 event on October 20. During the event, children rotated through six activity stations, as well as a nutrition station. Titans players were on hand to coach participants through each station, in addition to serving as quarterbacks for the flag football games.

Washington Redskins – With the help of national non-profit KaBOOM!, Bender Foundation Incorporated, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and United Way of the National Capital Area partnered with Southern Avenue Associates and Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund to build a new playground for the kids of Oxon Hill, Maryland. On October 24, the build took place at Southern Marketplace in Oxon Hill, Maryland in conjunction with the team’s annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend for 2015. More than 50 Redskins Alumni, spanning all three Super Bowl Champion teams, are expected to participate in the build, which has been themed around the NFL’s On the Fifty Super Bowl campaign.

About NFL PLAY 60: Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations. PLAY 60 also is implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school,after-school and team-based programs. 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 built more than 200 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into more than 73,000 schools nationwide since the campaign launched. All 32 clubs activate PLAY 60 locally, with more than 2,000 NFL PLAY 60 events held annually. For more information, visit http://www.NFLRUSH.com/play60.

About United Way: With 2.6 million volunteers and 9.6 million donors worldwide and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited

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