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Browns host Play 60 Field Day

Posted May 15, 2013

The Cleveland Browns hosted Forest Park Middle School for a Play 60 Field Day as a reward for the school’s work in the team’s Spring Play 60 Challenge.

The Cleveland Browns hosted a Play 60 Field Day at FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, for 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Forest Park Middle School, the grand-prize winner of the Spring 2013 Cleveland Browns’ Play 60 Challenge.

Nine schools, ranging from Painesville to Euclid and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, took part in the Browns’ Spring Challenge. Nearly 2,000 students from the nine schools logged more than 4.5 million minutes of physical activity during the six-week challenge.

The Play 60 Challenge, in partnership with the American Heart Association, is designed to motivate seventh- and eighth-grade students to become physically active for 60 minutes each day over a six-week span, while encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

Forest Park’s top 100 students of the more than 550 from the school who participated in the Spring Challenge took part in the field day. The students were given a tour of the Browns’ locker room, where individual awards were given to the top-performing students, classrooms and teachers. Then, the students and their teachers played parachute games, as well as a football toss, potato-sack race, spoon-and-egg race and a tug-of-war. Chomps, the Browns’ mascot, was in attendance to interact with the children and support them during the events.

This is the second time Forest Park Middle School won one of the Browns’ Play 60 Challenges. They earned the grand prize in the Fall 2012 Challenge, and several Browns players participated in the Fall 2012 Field Day at Forest Park’s gymnasium in Euclid.

“The Browns are proud to offer the Spring and Fall Play 60 Challenges to area schools and encourage students, teachers, and parents to visit our website or call our offices to learn of contests and opportunities affiliated with the Play 60 movement,” said Jenner Tekancic, director of community relations for the Browns. “(Physical education teacher) Mr. Yuha led the students at Forest Park to get excited about being active, and that is what the movement is about, having fun and making healthy decisions.”

For its efforts this spring, Forest Park won an X-Box Kinect System with interactive games.

American Dairy Association Mideast donated milk product and additional prizes to the top students.

The Cleveland Browns Play 60 program is in association with Medical Mutual, Cleveland Clinic and American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60.