In partnership with United Way of Greater Houston, the Texans rookie class encourages the PLAY 60 message of staying active and eating healthy at the annual Hometown Huddle event. In 2013, 100 youth from the Houston Texans YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs were treated to a day at the Health Museum. They viewed a 4-D movie about health, participated in a scavenger hunt through the Body Exhibit, and took a hands-on class about the human heart called the Beat Goes On. The Texans Rookie class and the Texans Cheerleaders paired up with the youth during the class and led them through the Scavenger Hunt, where winners were given Xbox consoles as a prize.
PLAY 60 Challenge
The PLAY 60 Challenge program , reaching approximately 4,000 students in the Houston area, includes a curriculum with strategies to help teachers incorporate fitness into daily lesson plans. Three local middle schools were also awarded the chance to participate in Texans Feud, a health and nutrition game show that kicked off the challenge in their school with Houston Texans players, Cheerleaders and TORO.
For more information - http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Educator/FortheClassroom/NFLPlay60Challenge/NFL-PLAY-60-Challenge-Page_UCM_304278_Article.jsp
Houston Kids Triathlon
The Houston Texans sponsored the third annual Houston Kids Triathlon in April, the largest kids triathlon event in the world! Before the race, trainings were held at 16 YMCA locations around Houston where the children learned the importance of physical activity and preparation. More than 2,000 youth gathered at the University of Houston to compete in this sold-out event, as safety D.J. Swearinger, TORO and Texans Alumni Cheerleaders came to cheer them on.
NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp
The Texans partnered with Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz to host the second annual NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp in the summer of 2013 at the Boys & Girls Club Finnigan Park. The two day, non-contact football camp welcomed approximately 300 boys and girls ages 9-13 from local youth organizations.
PLAY 60 Grants
In 2013, the Houston Texans created the opportunity for local schools to apply for PLAY 60 grants. With the NFL PLAY 60 platform in mind, schools were asked to identify ways to promote healthy activity during the school day. From hundreds of applicants, $40,000 in total was awarded to five local schools in an effort to improve youth activity throughout the Houston area.
For more information - http://www.houstontexans.com/community/play60grants.html
PLAY 60 app
The new NFL PLAY 60 encourages kids ages 6-14 to get active and healthy through an endless runner game that can be played on a smart phone or tablet. The app engages with players to get their 60 minutes of daily recommended physical activity through an interactive running experience and additional activities and resources for both kids and their parents.
For more fun ways to get involved with PLAY 60 visit this website - http://www.nflrush.com/