* Kearse Joins 31 other NFL Players to Promote the Importance of Youth Health and Fitness
NASHVILLE, TN – Sept. 12, 2008— Tennessee Titans defensive end,Jevon Kearse *will participate in the 2008 Take a Player to School sweepstakes. Students across the country can register to win an opportunity to surprise their classmates and teachers by hosting an NFL football player such as Kearse at their school.
As an added feature this year, students will have the opportunity to work with an NFL player to plan physical education activities, as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league's youth health and fitness campaign. Additionally, the NFL will donate funds to support schools in each of these communities, giving children the chance to benefit from programs that encourage the development of healthy lifestyles, improved social skills and enhanced academic performance.
This past Tuesday, the Titans kicked off their "Titans Tuesdays" program which include weekly school visits where players encourage youth to get active, eat healthier and become more physically fit as part of the Play 60 program.
Earlier this summer, New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, hosted an afternoon of fitness activities at a school to launch the NFL "Take a Player to School" sweepstakes league-wide. To celebrate the program, Brees hosted 30 4th-6th grade students from the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego for a special NFL ultimate gym class at Cathedral High School, kicking off the fifth year of the "Take a Player to School" program.
"The health and fitness of our youth continues to be a priority for the NFL, and it's important to me," said Brees. "The Take a Player to School Program will help teach kids the best ways to keep fit, stay healthy and most of all, have fun. It's great to have an opportunity to go out into local schools and show students all of the positives that come with a healthy lifestyle."
About NFL PLAY 60
In October 2007, the NFL launched Play 60, a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the health and wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL Play 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like ESPN, which encourages kids to get fit with its ESPN "Play Your Way," youth fitness initiative. In addition to national reach through PSAs and online programs, Play 60 is also implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs.