Students at Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes did not let an unprecedented San Diego power outage in September stop their plans to hold Back to Football Friday. They instead rallied to show off their Chargers pride a week later, earning a chance to win a NFL PLAY 60 grant.
Their resilience paid off as Memorial Preparatory was
selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the Chargers and the NFL for
demonstrating their passion for the Bolts.
Tight end Randy
McMichael, kicker Nick Novak, safety and long snapper Mike Windtwere on
hand to present the school with the grant and talk to students about
health and fitness today. Following a Q&A session, McMichael, Novak,
Stuckey and Windt held a NFL Physical Education Class for students.
NFL PLAY 60 Super School sweepstakes selected one school in each of the
32 NFL markets and two non-NFL markets. Winning schools are receiving a
$10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming or
equipment and a visit from NFL players.
hosted a lunchtime pep rally for their Back to Football Friday event
where students competed in a hot dog eating contest, a door decorating
contest and tug-o-war matches. The funds from the grant will be used
toward an exercise science lab where the school’s goal is to increase
cardiovascular machines and purchase Polar Heart Monitors, buy computers
and build a body analysis section.
To celebrate the start of the
2011 NFL season,fans were encouraged to demonstrate their passion for
their favorite NFL teams by planning a unique Back to Football Friday
event for their school, all to support youth health and wellness.
Schools that entered the Back to Football Friday contest submitted photos of their event and answered brief essay questions.