Texans award $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants

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HOUSTON – The Houston Texans Foundation awarded $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants to four local schools during the 2014 season.

Nearly 50 schools in the area applied for grants worth up to $10,000 to help purchase the equipment they need to get kids moving during the school day. Texans President Jamey Rootes recognized the four schools in a check presentation during the Nov. 30 game between the Texans and Tennessee Titans.

Grants were awarded to:

• Clifton Middle School, Houston ISD: Awarded $10,000 to help refurbish the gym with new mats and purchase flag football and badminton equipment for P.E. classes and after-school programs. Former Texan DaShon Polk is the director of after-school programs at the school.

• DeZavala Elementary School, Channelview ISD: Awarded $10,000 to help purchase new playground equipment to replace old and broken equipment.

• J. R. Reynolds Elementary School, Houston ISD: Awarded $10,000 to purchase equipment for programs such as soccer, volleyball, and flag football for P.E. classes.

• Pro-Vision Academy: Awarded $10,000 to purchase much-needed equipment for their P.E. program such as footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, baseball and softball equipment.

PLAY 60 is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. The Houston Texans participate in several programs to help further the PLAY 60 message and to help kids across Houston get active and stay active.

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