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  • Sat., Dec. 09, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST Pappas Pep Party

    Get hyped for Houston Texans gameday at Pappas Pep Party!

    Fans can enjoy appearances by TORO and Houston Texans Cheerleaders, along with chances to win tickets and Texans gear courtesy of Coca-Cola and Pappas.

    Pappas Pep Party 6-8pm:

    Pappas Burger at 5815 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77057

  • Sat., Dec. 23, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST Pappas Pep Party

    Get hyped for Houston Texans gameday at Pappas Pep Party!

    Fans can enjoy appearances by TORO and Houston Texans Cheerleaders, along with chances to win tickets and Texans gear courtesy of Coca-Cola and Pappas.

    Pappas Pep Party 6-8pm:

    Pappas Burger at 5815 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77057

PLAY 60 & Texas Children's Hospital

In October 2007, the NFL launched its PLAY 60 initiative. The program is a national health-and-fitness campaign focused on improving the wellness of youth by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Sponsored locally by Texas Children’s Hospital, the PLAY 60 program teaches kids that it doesn’t matter how they play, just that they get 60 minutes of active play each day. The PLAY 60 message is a key component of Texans events, extending the pro­gram’s reach to thousands of young people in Houston.

Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital

The sixth annual Houston Texans Kids Triathlon was held at NRG Stadium in May. Before the race, trainings were held at 21 YMCA locations around Houston, where children learned how to properly swim, bike, and run in the event. Nearly 3,500 youth competed, making it the biggest kids’ triathlon in the world. Ambassadors N.D. Kalu and Eric Brown, TORO, Cheerleaders, and thousands of spectators came to support participants. Kroger provided healthy snack options for participants at the post-race party, KBR sponsored the swim course and water safety tips, and Academy Sports + Outdoors supported the bike course and transition area.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp

The Texans partnered with Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz to host a PLAY 60 Character Camp at the NFL Experience. The one-day, noncontact football camp welcomed approximately 300 boys and girls from local organizations. Along with drills to enhance specific skills, the camp emphasized healthy living and reinforced the importance of character in sports and in life. Linebacker Brian Peters and Ambassador Wade Smith were on hand to offer the children advice and help them with various drills.

Fuel Up to PLAY 60

Fuel Up to PLAY 60 is an in-school nutrition-and-physical-activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, Dairy Max, and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to combat childhood obesity. Fuel Up helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This year, individual elementary schools held campus-based competitions and selected 12 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students to attend a VIP experience at NRG Stadium. Students received gift bags filled with gear, had lunch in the team cafeteria, enjoyed a private tour of NRG Stadium, and received an autographed certificate from head coach Bill O’Brien.

Hometown Huddle

The Texans hosted the annual Hometown Huddle event with the Houston Texans YMCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, and the United Way of Greater Houston at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone at the Houston Zoo. The Texans hosted 50 children for a busy day of PLAY 60 activities and a scavenger hunt. The Texans rookie class, Cheerleaders, and United Way volunteers helped at PLAY 60 stations around the zoo and taught kids about health and fitness.

PLAY 60 Challenge

The PLAY 60 Challenge, developed in partnership with the American Heart Association, is a six-week-long program that helps teachers incorporate fitness into daily lesson plans. The program reaches nearly 4,000 students in the Houston area each year. As part of the Challenge, participating schools compete against one another to earn activity minutes. The school with the most activity minutes receives a Texans pep rally. This year, safety Corey Moore, linebacker Brian Peters, Cheerleaders, TORO, and Texas Children’s Hospital vice president John Nickens attended the pep rally at the winning school, Frank Black Middle School in HISD, and participated in PLAY 60 drills with students.

PLAY 60 App

The new NFL PLAY 60 app encourages kids ages 6-14 to get active and healthy through a game that can be played on a smart phone or tablet. The app engages with players to help them get their 60 minutes of daily recommended physical activity through an interactive running experience and additional activities. The app includes resources for both kids and parents.

For more fun ways to get involved with PLAY 60, and to download the app, click here.

PLAY 60 Grants

Each year, the Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital work in conjunction to award PLAY 60 grants to Houston-area schools in need of additional funding. The grants are designed to ensure that schools have the right tools to integrate healthy activity into the school day. Six schools were chosen to receive grants of up to $10,000, totaling $50,000 in grants awarded. Texans president Jamey Rootes and executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital Mark Mullarkey honored the recipients at the Kids Day game in October. The winning schools were Southmore Intermediate (Pasadena ISD), Cornerstone Academy and Academy of Choice (Spring Branch ISD), J.C. Mitchell Elementary School (HISD), Attucks Middle School (HISD), Westbury High School (HISD), and Blackshear Elementary (HISD).