This year the Chiefs have visited 16 local schools reaching out to over 6,000 students through Play 60 assemblies, teaching children about the importance of eating healthy, staying fit and being active for at least 60 minutes a day. The final Play 60 event of the year was held at Randall Elementary on Tuesday afternoon.
Each year the schools in the Independence School District sell tickets to Chiefs games to raise money for the Holiday Helper program. The program helps coordinate families in need, with volunteer opportunities in exchange for a gift card to local stores to buy Christmas presents or meals for the holidays.
“When people purchase the Chiefs tickets, they make a donation to Holiday Helpers, which assists families in need over the holiday season,” Allison Kisner explained, Assistant Director of Independence School District. “Over the years Holiday Helpers has provided nearly 90,000 dollars to families for gifts for their children and 30,000 dollars for holiday meals.”
The school that sold the most tickets had the opportunity to host a Chiefs Play 60 assembly. This year, Randall Elementary was the winner of the contest and invited Chiefs TE
“Through our Holiday Helpers Program we sold Chiefs tickets to community members and it’s a competition between all of our schools, all 27 and the school that sold the most won the chance to host the Play 60 assembly and we’re so happy to have them here,” Principal of Randall Elementary Christina Conpton said.
There were 260 eager students gathered in the gym of Randall Elementary to enjoy the Play 60 assembly they had worked so hard to earn.
“To see how excited the kids were when we walked in meant so much to me,” Maneri noted. “It’s important for us to reach out to the community that supports us. We came to speak with the kids about Play 60 and the importance of being active and living a healthy lifestyle.”
Randall Elementary has implemented some of the Play 60 characteristics into their daily routines.
“We have fresh fruits and veggies every day for snack, as well as at lunch all students are required to pick a fruit or vegetable,” Conpton explained. “We don’t sell any candy or soda; we promote healthy eating at school. The students have a thirty minute recess every day that they are not allowed to miss; we think it is really important for our students to be active. We also do 30 minutes of ABC fitness breaks, which are five minute breaks spread throughout the day so that the kids are getting some exercise.”
Maneri encouraged the students to exercise outside of school as well.
“I told them it’s important to put down the video games and go outside and play with your friends, be social and be active,” Maneri commented. “It’s important for these kids to know what it means to be active and how to live a healthy lifestyle because it can really set the foundation for a positive and successful life.”
The Chiefs also presented the school with a game ball and a Chiefs Play 60 banner to remind the students to continue to eat healthy and be active.
Through the season-long Chiefs Play 60 School Program, the organization has recognized local schools throughout the region each week that showcase their dedication to the NFL’s Play 60 platform.