The National Football League announced for the for the fifth year in a row, they have partnered with Hall of Fame offensive tackle, Anthony Muñoz, to host seven NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps this summer as part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football.

Starting in New York, the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps will be hosted in seven markets –Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oakland, San Diego and Washington. Each site will welcome nearly 300 predominately-Hispanic youth, ages 9-13, with little or no football experience from local youth organizations. “I’m thrilled to kick off the fifth year of the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps,” said Anthony Muñoz, Hall of Fame offensive tackle and Chairman/Founder of the Anthony Muñoz Hall of Fame Foundation. Munoz told the Associated Press and USA Today, “These local level efforts have a tremendous impact on the children from these varied communities and it’s an honor to work with them each and every year. When I was young, interacting with and learning directly from my NFL heroes was huge and these camps continue that cause today.”

The camps’ mission is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. These grass roots efforts have made a strong impact in these communities and are creating a lot of momentum for a broader movement.

The program will work in collaboration with USA Football and its NFL FLAG curriculum, which introduces participants to be physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.

In addition, the camps will teach character values that are core to the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, as well as promote NFL PLAY 60’s health and fitness message. NFL PLAY 60 is the league’s youth health and fitness campaign, aimed at getting kids active for 60 minutes a day.

Since the launch of the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps in 2012, over 50 camps have been held impacting nearly 20,000 youth across the country.

Dates & Locations:
New York on June 20 at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
Chicago on June 27 at Walter Payton Center
Oakland on July 8 at Raiders Training Facility
San Diego at July 21 at Madison High School
Miami on August 3 at Ted Hendricks Stadium
Washington on August 12 at FedEx Field
Los Angeles (Location and date TBD)

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.

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