Fourth graders at Corey Elementary School in Arlington were treated to a mini-NFL FLAG football training camp October 20 led by members of the Dallas Cowboys and United Way of Tarrant County volunteers. The local event was part of the 16th Annual NFL United Way Hometown Huddle, a league-wide day of community service where NFL clubs partner with local United Ways to promote youth health and wellness in their communities through the PLAY 60 campaign.
Dallas Cowboys players George Selvie, Ty Crawford, J.J. Wilcox, Barry Church andKyle Wilber led the students in NFL FLAG drills and demonstrated how NFL FLAG football can be utilized as a P.E. curriculum.
Corey Elementary recently received a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to purchase NFL FLAG football equipment. The school is part of the Arlington Independent School District three-year pilot program which combines Fuel Up to Play 60 with the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.®
As part of the Hometown Huddle event, the school was presented with a $2,500 granton behalf of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation to further enhance school wellness efforts as part of the pilot project. An additional $2,500 grant was presented to Arlington ISD to fund NFL FLAG kits for eight more Arlington elementary and/or middle schools.
Since 2007, the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign has focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The United Way and NFL partnership connects NFL PLAY 60 with United Way’s national goal of increasing healthy behaviors in 1.9 million young people by 2018.
United Way also promotes health and wellness by bringing together and supporting a network of community-based organizations that work to improve education, income and health. United Way of Tarrant County’s education initiative works with children from pre-school through high school with the goal of helping 8,000 at-risk students graduate on time by 2020.