By Taylor Skinner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week marks the end of four years of the Titans Play 60 school program.
The Titans have teamed up with Tennessee State Parks to tour middle Tennessee elementary schools talking to students about living a healthy life.
Since its inception in January of 2012, the program has visited 230 schools and nearly 130,000 students. Titans mascot, T-Rac, demonstrates all the fun ways to get outside and play for 60 minutes everyday. Not only does the show teach about the importance of physical activity, it also incorporates current Titans players to stress proper nutrition, study habits, and respect for others.
The partnership with Tennessee State Parks is a first of its kind and has given the Titans the opportunity to promote the NFL's Play 60 campaign, while simultaneously encouraging youth to get out and enjoy Tennessee's 56 beautiful state parks.
The program includes a video of T-Rac and parks mascot, Ramble, as they visit several parks across the state. They hike, rappel, bike, canoe and fish showing students many of the exciting outdoor activities Tennessee has to offer.
At the end of each show, T-Rac hands out information cards that promote Tennessee State Parks' Junior Ranger programs, inspiring students to remain committed to being physically fit
Also partnering with the Titans, focusing primarily on an alternate school program geared toward middle school students, are the American Heart Association and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, promoting their respective "Jump Rope for Heart," "Hoops for Heart," and "Fuel Up to Play 60" platforms.
The Titans and Tennessee State Parks are teaming together to promote the NFL's 'PLAY 60' program throughout hundreds of greater Nashville elementary schools. (Donn Jones Photography.com)