The Cleveland Browns spent Tuesday speaking with and participating in an ultimate gym class to reward the 800 students at Falls-Lenox Primary School in Olmsted Falls.
Falls-Lenox Primary was the winner of the Play 60 Super School Contest in the Cleveland market through the NFL’s Back to Football campaign in which schools submitted three essays explaining how they showed pride in their hometown NFL team and were committed to health and wellness. As one of the 34 nationwide winners of the contest, the school earned a $10,000 grant to be used for health-and-wellness equipment or programming.
“One of my aspirations is to put a climbing wall in for the kids, and unfortunately, with budget cuts, we don’t have the money to do that,” said Greg Hoover, the physical education teacher at Falls-Lenox Primary. “I had one of our PTA mothers come up to me one day and say, ‘I heard about this grant with NFL Play 60. Would you be interested?’ I said, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’ We applied for it, crossed our fingers, had a spirit day for the kids. We did everything we could, and they gave us a call and said, ‘Hey, we selected you as a Play 60 Super School,’ and we were just ecstatic.”
Many of the Browns, including safety T.J. Ward, linebackers
“The kids were great today,” Ward said. “They lined around the whole school and were the most enthusiastic, joyful kids. It’s always great to come out for the kids. It was just a great day.”
Bess added, “This is a great experience. Just to feel the energy the kids displayed, they were excited for us to come out. The NFL Play 60 movement is real beneficial for kids just to get them out of the house for 60 minutes a day. For us to come out here to talk to them, inspire them, motivate them to eat right and play 60, it’s all fun.”
The Browns’ PLAY 60 movement, contributing to the NFL’s nationwide initiative to promote youth health and wellness by getting active at least 60 minutes each day, is in association with Cleveland Clinic; Medical Mutual; and American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to PLAY 60. The Browns actively bring PLAY 60 to the local community throughout the year to ensure kids and families are learning about and taking steps toward a healthy lifestyle.