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NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle
News Release
Friday, October 02, 2009

All 32 NFL Teams Will Join United Way in Hometown Huddle for Youth Fitness

DATE:            Tuesday, October 6, 2009   
TIME:              7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
                                   Specific times and locations will vary by community. List attached.
WHAT:           NFL players, coaches, and leadership will join United Way staff and volunteers for the NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle—a day of fitness activities across the country designed to help young people find new and exciting ways to stay fit for a lifetime. The event mobilizes hundreds of volunteers, kids and players, representing all 32 NFL markets nationwide.
WHY:              NFL Play 60 and United Way are encouraging kids to play at least 60 minutes every day. As part of United Way’s 10-year goal to increase by one-third the number of youth who are healthy and avoiding risky behaviors, the NFL and United Way are working together to provide new, fun opportunities for young people to lead healthier lifestyles. A list of activities led by all 32 teams is attached.  

About United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 45 countries and territories, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all, by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. The United Way movement creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit:

About NFL PLAY 60
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like the United Way. PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit



Arizona Cardinals*

The Cardinals and United Way are going to assist Academia del Pueblo in installing the “Life Lab” on their campus. Plan is to have players, cheerleaders, and mascot putting the finishing touches, painting and planting at the project in October. The “Life Lab” is a courtyard that has been transformed into an open air classroom providing students with learning opportunities and leadership roles. It includes a small pond, garden and planting areas.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons and United Way will be splitting up to visit 8 different locations. Four of the locations will be United Way affiliated schools, and the team will focus on healthy eating and the NFL Play 60 campaign.    

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens and United Way are hosting an “Amazing Race,” where 25 student teams (100 kids) will travel through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, navigating through 200 species and numerous exhibits (Polar Bear Watch, Maryland Wilderness, African Journey, etc.). Students will face checkpoints throughout the race that incorporate physical activity, education and service to the Zoo along with a race to the finish line.

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Maryland Zoo, Baltimore

Buffalo Bills*

Students from the Closing the Gap program will work with United Way and the Bills players to rotate through stations geared towards health, fitness and nutrition. The stations will allow students to actively participate in fitness drills, cooking demonstrations and health education.  

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers and United Way will provide 150-200 low-income children with a day of fitness and nutrition education, as well as a new pair of athletic shoes. Children will rotate through a dozen combine-style activities and games, and receive nutritional education from the Southeast United Dairy Assoc.

Chicago Bears

The Bears and United Way are combining their HH and NFL Fitness Zone projects by updating the fitness facilities at the North Chicago High school, which has received media attention because of its history and new coaching staff. The Bears will launch the Warhawks Fitness challenge and host a Bears Fitness Zone with mini-camps. There will be a ribbon cutting with prizes and various give-a-ways.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals and United Way are constructing a Parcourse FitCircuit, expanding the community garden, and building a storage shed to connect the existing disparate opportunities for community recreation at the old Whittier Elementary School. Parcourse FitCircuits promote strength, endurance and determination -- according to Parcourse FitCircuit manufacturer Gametime, students who routinely use the system often improve their academic readiness in addition to fitness.

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Price Hill Community Center, 959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati

Cleveland Browns

In a large community-wide event the Browns will partner with United Way and the Famicos Foundation to build their 3rd Fitness Zone. More than 200 fans are expected to serve as volunteers and build a safe play space for kids and teenagers living in the Park Village Community Apartments. In an effort to encourage fitness, the Fitness Zone will include a special area for team-based sports, outdoor fitness equipment and a garden. Players will be on hand to volunteer and teach kids how to use the fitness equipment, and to encourage them to be fit.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Famicos Foundation’s Park Village Apartments, 9221 Hough Ave, Cleveland

Dallas Cowboys*

The Cowboys will work with United Way to hold an outdoor mini-training camp for middle school students.

Oct. 13, mid-morning, specifics TBA

Denver Broncos*

The Broncos and United Way will hold a 2-loop Fitness Fun Walk around INVESCO Field for children of all 8 branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver—one of their formal fitness activities established in their 9-week NFL Play 60 Challenge. We will have a player captain at each branch team.

Detroit Lions

The Lions and United Way will be outfitting a Lions Den at the Boys and Girls club with Wii screens and exercise programs. Players will also exercise with the kids during a special after-school assembly.

 Green Bay Packers*

The Packers and United Way will construct a custom, innovative playground experience that offers endless physical, mental and creative challenges at Nicolet Elementary School. Parts of the structure will cater to different muscle groups, and a specific fitness curriculum will offer kids more than 100 different games and challenges.

Oct. 20, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Nicolet Elementary School Pk, University Ave., Green Bay

Houston Texans

The Texans, their 2009 Rookie Class and United Way will visit the 3rd grade students at Anderson Academy and host a Mini Re-charge fitness circuit event.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Anderson Academy, 7401 Wheatley, Houston

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts and LB Gary Brackett will work with United Way to renovate the fitness room at their local Boys and Girls Club. The room serves hundreds of local youth each week by providing a variety of health and fitness classes.

4:30 - 6 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis, Keenan-Stahl Unit, 1949 East Troy Ave.,

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars and United Way will host relays and traditional field games event.

Kansas City Chiefs*

The Chiefs and United Way are partnering with a metro area school to have 30-40 students go to a Boys & Girls Club event with the Chiefs Rookie Club. Students will have the opportunity to experience the traveling Chiefs Sports Lab.

Oct. 13, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium’s “Foolish Club” (Gate C, club level)

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins and United Way are focusing on fitness for disabled children and youth.  There will be an emphasis on their Commit 2B Fit program.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Miami Dolphins Indoor Training Facility, Nova Southeastern University Campus, 3301 College Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, Florida

Minnesota Vikings


The Vikings and United Way will install a fitness zone at GameSpeed Academy. Players will help paint, and create a Vikings themed area.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m., GameSpeed Sports Academy, 6545 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie

New England Patriots

The Patriots and United Way will bring 50 kids from Mass. and RI to the stadium to run drills, learn how to make healthy snacks and hear players speak about the importance of being active and healthy.

4:00-6:00 p.m., Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

New Orleans Saints*

The Saints and United Way will be creating an indoor fitness/activity room at their NFL/ YET because of the venue’s lack of green space. The room will include Wii Consoles, Wii Fitness Bundles, new televisions, and accessories to accompany the Wii consoles, the children will be inclined to engage in 60 minutes of physical activity using the games on the Wii.

October 13, 4:00-5:30 p.m., NFL YET Center, 1140 South Broad Street, New Orleans.

New York Giants

The Giants will partner with United Way and Lyndhurst, NJ school district to install an indoor and outdoor fitness challenge course at Lyndhurst High School. The donation of the course serves as a reward after the Lyndhurst school district successfully completing the Giants 2009 PLAY 60 Challenge, encouraging their kids to get 30 minutes of active play in school, and 30 minutes of active play after school each day.

New York Jets

The Jets and United Way will be installing an outdoor adaptive fitness zone to meet the physical fitness needs of students at P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. P.G. Chambers School helps children with disabilities develop confidence in their own abilities and lead fuller, more productive lives through early intervention, special education, therapy programs and other specialized services.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders and United Way will promote active bodies and minds at Garfield Elementary School. Players will read stories to students that promote the PLAY 60 message.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles and United Way are working on a Strive Fitness Zone. DeSean Jackson will lead the event.

Pittsburgh Steelers*

The Steelers will bring players to a local Boys and Girls Club to host a Mini-Recharge Fitness event with local youth.

Oct. 13, 3:00 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Western PA

St. Louis Rams*

The Rams and United Way will work with an after-school program that serves families particularly hard hit by the recession. More than 150 kids will move through 3-4 stations – fitness drills, character corner (talk about character building), healthy snacks and a reading area.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Monsanto Family YMCA, 5555 Page, St. Louis

San Diego Chargers

Partnered with United Way and Star/Pal, the Chargers are taking 4-6 of their players into a middle school into the underserved City Heights community. The players will hold a Jr. Training camp with the students and the dairy council will provide important nutrition information. The Chargers will provide the school with a $2,500 NFL Play 60 Equipment Grant so it can continue to foster health and wellness. 

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers and United Way will volunteer at the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) in Santa Clara. The focus of the day will be the creation of a PLAY 60 obstacle/activity course that will provide a much needed physical fitness area for the students who attend PACE. . The obstacle course will include 10 distinct stations with a variety of activities. Additionally, the 49ers will be working to clean the space where the obstacle course will be installed, including removing weeds, installing tan bark, and planting shrubs and flowers.

Seattle Seahawks*

The Seahawks and United Way are building a playground in Grandview, WA this year.  Attending the ceremony will be: John Carlson, Sea Gals cheerleaders, Blitz the mascot, Blue Thunder Drum Corps, VIPs from the city of Grandview and kids from the local elementary school.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers and United Way will conduct a Gatorade Jr. Training camp and present the Sulphur Springs Community center with new exercise/sports equipment. Sulphur Springs is an extremely impoverished area, many of the students attending the local elementary school receive free or reduce-price lunch.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m., West Tampa Boys and Girls Club, 1301 N. Boulevard, Tampa

Tennessee Titans

The Titans and United Way will host a youth non-profit organization for an afternoon of physical fitness activities and discuss the importance of Play 60 program - getting 60 minutes of active play per day.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins and United Way will host a dance competition among groups from six public middle schools using programs from the HOPSports™ video content library. Groups will be judged by a panel of celebrities including NFL-United Way spokesman Santana Moss, world-famous dancer and choreographer Desmond Richardson; and Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet. Winners may have the opportunity to perform in the annual Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show in Detroit, Michigan.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Washington Ballet Studio § THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.

* indicates date exception because of team conflict or bye week

In addition:
NFL     --    NFL employees, NY Jets players and United Way will revitalize a school playground and lead 150 area kids through a series of fitness activities.

2:15-4:45 p.m., MOSAIC Beacon School, PS011 Highbridge, 1247 Ogden Ave., Bronx

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