Wheeler Middle students, NFL Pro Bowlers ‘Play 60’

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy Wheeler Middle School Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (center) and Wheeler Middle School students participate in the NFL's Play 60 program at the school, Jan. 24.

Photo courtesy Wheeler Middle School
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (center) and Wheeler Middle School students participate in the NFL’s Play 60 program at the school, Jan. 24.

Top stars join keiki to promote health initiative

Riley Droppleman and Jacob West
Contributing Writers

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The NFL brought its “Play 60” program to Wheeler Middle School, here, Jan. 24, when 15 NFL pro stars, two mascots and seven cheerleaders talked about health with students.

“Play 60 is about getting kids to eat healthy and exercise by playing sports, hiking, biking or even swimming, just for 60 minutes, per day,” said New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Play 60 set up multiple stations with different drills, testing skills in speed, agility, strength and other football activities.

The 15 players — including Larry Fitzgerald from the Arizona Cardinals, Eli Manning from the New York Giants, Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks — provided encouragement to the young attendees.

“The fact that kids are getting active and around, that’s what is important about Play 60,” said Fitzgerald.

“It’s all about getting kids active in a fun, entertaining and healthy way,” said Eli Manning, quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP.

“I just love spending time with kids,” said quarterback Russell Wilson.

More than football took place at the Play 60 event. Seven Pro Bowl cheerleaders also came to teach cheer routines.

“The cheer was super fun. They were encouraging, fun and nice,” said eighth grader Tiani Quattlebaum.

(Editor’s note: Droppleman and West are Wheeler Middle School students.)

 

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