More Than 1,800 Students Racked Up 6.8 Million Minutes During Challenge
Brodhead School, as winners of the "Play 60 Challenge," a physical fitness program from the Green Bay Packers and the American Heart Association, will visit Lambeau Field Tuesday and receive congratulations from Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk.
A total of more than 1,800 middle school students at ten Wisconsin schools logged 6.8 million minutes during the challenge which took place in February and March.
Brodhead led the way with an average or 5,466.09 minutes per student, which worked out to 195 minutes per day. The rest of the top three schools were Randall Consolidated School, Burlington (4852.26 minutes per student/173.3 minutes a day); and St. John"s Lutheran, Lannon (4849.28/173.2).
Each of the three schools received gift certificates to be spent on physical education equipment, with the winner Brodhead receiving the all-expenses paid trip to Lambeau Field.
Overall, the students averaged 130 minutes per day, more than double the goal of the NFL's Play 60 program, a youth health and fitness campaign focused on making the next generation of kids the most active and healthy.
The six-week program challenged the students to get active and play for at least 60 minutes each day, with the activities able to be broken up and performed either in or out of school. The students tracked their daily totals on classroom scoreboards. Some schools had a competition between participating grades and the winning classes received a prize, with some examples including a pizza party, ice cream social or bonus break time. Other schools had teachers join the challenge and compete against the students.
The other Wisconsin schools that participated were Coleman Middle School, Coleman; Colfax Middle School, Colfax; Holy Family, Green Bay; Howards Grove Middle School, Howards Grove; Kickapoo Middle School, Viola; Little Chute Middle School, Little Chute; Randall School, Burlington; St. Francis Cabrini, Manitowoc; and St. John"s Lutheran, Lannon.
Participating schools received teacher guides and student planners, as well as a Play 60 Challenge T-Shirt.
More information on the "Play 60 Challenge" can be found online here. The students" totals will be updated regularly as well.
The program supports the NFL"s Play 60 program. More than 145 Wisconsin schools have participated in Play 60 programs since 2007.