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NFL Play 60 Super School: Cedar Creek Elementary

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Students lined the walkway, pompoms and posters in hand, the sidewalk was draped with a red carpet and the music, along with the student’s cheers were deafening as Ryan Succop entered Cedar Creek Elementary in Lees Summit, Missouri on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo Gallery)

Succop, joined by KC Wolf and a few of the Chiefs Cheerleaders, spoke with students at an assembly at Cedar Creek to promote physical fitness and healthy eating.

“We came to hang out with the students, talk about the NFL’s Play 60 and the importance of exercising and eating right,” Succop said. “These kids are really excited to see us and we want to share with the kids in our community about eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise because it sets you up for a healthier and happier life.”

The Chiefs were also awarding Cedar Creek as the Chiefs Play 60 Super School for their commitment to health and wellness as well as their continued promotion to play for sixty minutes a day.

“The Chiefs were really excited to come out to Cedar Creek Elementary to help them celebrate being named the Chiefs Play 60 Super School,” Chuck Castellano, Chiefs Community Relations Manager, said. “Cedar Creek had applied in the NFL contest, along with different schools not only in the region but all throughout the country.”

At the start of the 2012 season, schools were encouraged to participate in the NFL PLAY 60 Super School contest and submit three essays explaining how they planned to show their NFL team pride and incorporate football into their lesson plans. Schools were also asked to demonstrate their commitment to youth health and wellness by submitting essays on their school’s physical education environment and how they teach their students about the importance of being active and eating right.

“Our PTA applied for the NFL Play 60 grant. We had to show how we incorporated the NFL and the Chiefs in our curriculum,” Cedar Creek Principal Jenifer Opie explained.

One of the ways they have incorporated the Chiefs into their curriculum is through their geography classes.

“We had a couple teachers do gridiron geography, we mapped out where the Chiefs would play and teach geography the fun way, by following the Chiefs,” Opie commented.

Cedar Creek was announced the winner of the Kansas City region and the Chiefs presented the school with a $10,000 Health and Wellness grant from the NFL.

“Our goal is to put in an eighth of a mile track in our west field,” Opie said. “Our actual goal is $60,000 and with this $10,000 grant we are at the halfway point of meeting our goal to finish the track for the students.”

The grant Cedar Creek received helped push them towards their goal, but Opie admits that the Chiefs being at the assembly was an incredible gift as well.

“It was unbelievable to have the Chiefs here today, for many of the students it was a dream come true. Many of them have never seen a Chiefs player close up so to have them here today to celebrate this achievement, we are just thrilled beyond words.”

The Chiefs have made a strong push for the NFL’s Play 60 message and have a long standing relationship with schools around the Kansas City area. During the season, the team has recognized a new Chiefs Play 60 school every week.

“Every week during the season the Chiefs Community Caring Team visits different schools for Play 60,” Castellano commented. “We talk to the kids about the importance of eating right and staying healthy. The neat thing is that it enables them to learn the importance of eating right and staying active in a fun filled manner that speaks to them.”

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