More than 200 students from schools across Missouri and Kansas gathered together on Tuesday for an invitation-only reward summit that featured an opportunity to play on the field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Former Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison was a major player in the event.
In conjunction with the National Dairy Council and the Midwest Dairy Council, the Chiefs and Arrowhead hosted some of the region's top schools in terms of efforts and achievements related to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Antioch Middle School – Gladstone, MO
Madison Place Elementary School – Olathe, KS
Banneker Elementary School – Kansas City, MO
McCollom Elementary School – Wichita, KS
Blue Valley Middle School – Stilwell, KS
Norfleet Elementary School – Kansas City, MO
Bostic Traditional Magnet Elementary School - Wichita, KS
Peculiar Elementary School – Peculiar, MO
Briarwood Elementary School – Olathe, KS
Pioneer Ridge Middle School – Independence, MO
Bridger Middle School – Independence, MO
Pitcher Elementary School – Kansas City, MO
Chapel Hill Elementary School – Gladstone, MO
Pleasant Valley Elementary School – Wichita, KS
Forestview Elementary School – Olathe, KS
Prairie Center Elementary School – Olathe, KS
Fox Hill Elementary School – Kansas City, MO
Shawanoe Elementary School – Shawnee Mission, KS
Gardiner Elementary School – Wichita, KS
Sunset Valley Elementary School – Lee's Summit, MO
Gracemor Elementary School – Kansas City, MO
West Englewood Elementary School – Kansas City, MO
Hazel Grove Elementary School – Lee's Summit, MO
Westview Elementary School – Lee's Summit, MO
Jardine Technology Middle Magnet School – Wichita, KS
Wilbur Middle School – Wichita, KS
John F. Kennedy Elementary School – Kansas City, KS
Woodland Elementary School – Lee's Summit, MO
Marley Sugar, a registered dietician and health and wellness program manager with Midwest Dairy Council, had a few reasons for why she was so happy with how the day went.
"I just think today is amazing," she said. "One, we have great weather. Two, we got on the field, which is always fun, and three, we have over 200 kids here, so it's been great."
During the morning portion of the event, the children ran through several Play 60 stations including relay races, cone drills and a touchdown station, which Kennison took the charge on.
"It's only one of me, but I get to enjoy 120 or 220 of those kids and I absolutely love it," he said. "That's why you see me dancing, clowning and having fun. It's pretty awesome."
And in addition to that, Kennison always enjoys an opportunity to get back on the field in Kansas City.
"It's always great to come back, especially for events like this," he said. You can tell my voice has gone away because I'm having so much doggone fun. It's good. I'm very excited that the Chiefs are part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and allowing the kids to come out and enjoy their time on the field."
After exercising, the kids were treated to lunch and a presentation from Kennison and a local dairy farmer.
Sugar detailed the overall message behind the day of celebration.
"'Fuel Up' is a great message," she said. "It really showcases that you need to fuel your body to give it the energy it needs to support that exercise. We know that exercise is so important, but if you're doing that without any food and any fuel, you can hurt yourself, you can pull a muscle and injuries are prone to happen.
"Fuel Up to Play 60 is really focusing on those nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, low-fat and fat-free dairy, whole grains and lean meats. It really shows how you eat a balanced diet and how you give yourself the energy and the nutrients you need to really fuel for greatness."
Kennison supported that thought with his speech to the children.
"It's just about eating right, putting the proper fuel into your body, making sure you get out and you do play at least 60 minutes because it's vitally important," he said. "If we can teach them young and get them eating right, we hope that it will help them in the long run."
The National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, rewards students for their efforts and achievements with Fuel Up to Play 60.