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Salt River Elementary Students Participate in NFL Play 60

A group of Salt River students warm up with Arizona Cardinals mascot, Big Red, outside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

A group of Salt River Elementary School students was awarded on December 13 for completing the six-week NFL Play 60 challenge. NFL Play 60 is the National Football League’s six-week campaign to fight childhood obesity by encouraging kids to be active for 60 minutes a day. The American Heart Association is also a sponsor.

A fourth-grade class and a sixth-grade class celebrated the completion of the challenge with hundreds of other youngsters outside the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

The students participated in a “field day” celebration at the practice fields. They took part in football-related drills for about 90 minutes and then received a quick tour of the stadium and posed for a photo. The drills featured Arizona Cardinals mascot Big Red and football players Hakeem Valles and Ifeanyi Momah.

For Salt River’s part, physical education teacher Wes Filhart organized the event and recruited classrooms to participate. He found two classes, Dave Crebs’ sixth grade and Leatrice Mannie’s fourth grade, that were interested and willing to put in the extra work this fall.

Participating students tracked their activity inside and outside of the classroom. The data was combined and submitted in an online tracker provided by the American Heart Association.

The fourth-grade class completed a combined 40,936 minutes of physical activity, and the sixth grade completed a combined 26,368 minutes.

About 30 students from SRES attended the event. Filhart thanked the Cardinals organization for making an exception of the 25-student cap.

“This was the first time we’ve done this and I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Filhart said. “It was a lot of fun for everyone.”

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