Texans, Texas Children's Hospital award $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants

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The Houston Texans and Texas Children's Hospital were proud to award $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants to four local schools during the Texans game on Sunday, November 29.

All schools were honored in an on-field check presentation with Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans, and John Nickens, Executive Vice President of Texas Children's Hospital.

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.

Nearly 40 local schools applied for the grants, which are worth up to $10,000, to help purchase the equipment they need to get kids moving throughout the school day and in after-school programs.

All the schools selected for grants are Title I and have demonstrated a commitment to getting kids active and healthy. In the three years of the program, the Texans have awarded $120,000 in PLAY 60 grants to local schools for PLAY 60 projects.

2015 grants were awarded to:

• Burnett Elementary School (Pasadena ISD): Awarded $10,000 for equipment for physical education classes and after-school programs. Equipment will provide more fun and healthy activity options for students. Equipment includes cones, basketballs, soccer balls, soccer goals, and football equipment.

• Fondren Elementary School (HISD): Awarded $10,000 to add soccer, flag football, and basketball programs to in-school physical education classes and their after-school program.

• Holland Middle School (HISD): Awarded $10,000 to help kids be more active in PE class by focusing on cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and body comp as well as agility, balance, coordination, speed, power, and reaction time. Equipment includes flag football kits, soccer balls, basketballs, a badminton set, volleyballs, jump ropes, and yoga equipment. Guest speakers on topics like health and nutrition will also be funded by the grant.

•    Worthing High School (HISD): Awarded $10,000 to support after-school programming. Equipment includes a flag football kit, hockey equipment, soccer balls and nets, basketballs, and tennis sets. Funds will also go towards a certified trainer to help facilitate health and wellness programs.

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