SURREY, BC – Grade four student Matthew Baxter of Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia, won an online sweepstakes through NFL Canada’s Play 60 program and on April 9, he took the good news to school along with Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman. The All-Pro cornerback also met with Baxter’s class and school to talk about nutrition and healthy physical activity.
With Baxter’s winning entry, Cambridge Elementary receives ‘Play 60’ equipment through NFL Canada as well as a $5,000 Samsung Hope for Children Smart School technology grant.
“These kids were so disciplined and so amazing. They’re already out there playing 60 minutes a day and eating the way they should. It sounds like they have great parents,” marveled Sherman after the event. “So, it’s easy to deliver this message to kids like these.”
‘Play 60’ was designed by the National Football League to instill lifelong habits of physical activity. Each NFL team conducts ‘Play 60’ assemblies and workouts in local schools. Students are left with the goal of being active for 60 minutes each day, and with the motivation, equipment and practical ideas necessary to achieve this goal.
Hundreds of Canadian kids and their families entered the online sweepstakes. Similar player visits are taking place this Spring in Edmonton Alberta (Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh), Kitchener Ontario (Buffalo Bill C.J. Spiller) and Lower Knoxford New Brunswick (New England Patriot Nate Solder).
“The NFL is pleased to partner with Samsung, our players and Canadian schools to help address the issue of youth fitness ─ a problem too big to tackle alone,” said Dan Quinn, Managing Director, NFL Canada. “NFL ‘Play 60’ is a program with a proven track record of success. We are excited to integrate it into our annual Take a Player to School sweepstakes.”