Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel spent the early portion of his day off this week working out. However, this exercise session was a little different than Cassel’s normal conditioning drills with his teammates. That’s because the five-year NFL veteran spent his morning with 4th grade student Luke Weber and his classmates at Oak Hill Elementary. Weber entered and won the “NFL Take a Player to School” sweepstakes. As a result, the Chiefs signal-caller spoke to the student body about healthy life choices before he and Weber led the Oak Hill students in fitness activities as part of the Chiefs PLAY 60 campaign.
PLAY 60 encourages youth get 60 minutes of activity and play each day. Some of the activities on the day included an NFL Ultimate P.E. Class. This program involves the use of various pieces of fitness equipment. In addition, Cassel lead these kids through various stretching exercises that are important for warm-up and cool-down purposes.
“It was fun to be out here and see their energy,” the gregarious Cassel said as the visit concluded. “It really was a great day. I was excited to be out here telling these kids to stay active. I enjoy it anytime I can go out and help spread the PLAY 60 message because it is such an important one.”
The “NFL Take a Player to School” sweepstakes selects one winner in each of the 32 NFL markets and two non-NFL markets. Winners take various NFL players to school during the 2009 regular season. These winning students are escorted to school by the NFL player and transported from home to their school via limousine. Once there, they have the opportunity to work with the NFL player to plan an NFL Ultimate P.E. Class.
PLAY 60 is one way that the Chiefs are committed to continuing the fight against childhood obesity. The NFL’s movement for an active generation, the PLAY 60 message is an investment in our children’s future. The team also promotes PLAY 60 through such programs as the Chiefs Sports Lab “in-school” program and the PLAY 60 Challenge.