NEW YORK JETS & PLAY 60 WRAP UP
Added by Justin O'Connell on April 30, 2013.
40 sixth graders live’s were changed this past Wednesday, when Play 60 and the New York Jets teamed up to show the kids from Chatham and LC Johnson Middle Schools, how much fun being active can be.
Not only were these two schools presented with a check for $1,000 in order to improve their Physical Education Department, but they were invited to come to the Jets training Center, in Florham Park, and perform drills with four Jets players. The Jets Play 60 spokesman, Kyle Wilson, Royce Adams, Emmanuel Arceneaux, and Ellis Lankster, all came out to play with these lucky 6th graders.
“I educate them a little bit. They are fascinated by what we do, so we give them real life examples on how you eat, how you exercise, and then try to answer all their funny questions,” Kyle Wilson said.
With face paint under their eyes, headbands around their heads, and a competitive attitude the kids came in and were introduced to the players. Once the introduction concluded, Kyle Wilson starting the kids off with some warm up drills. All the players joined in with the kids as they warmed up, and soon after, the events began.
They started with a competition that involved throwing a ball into a basket. The next event was a field goal kicking contest, where the kids showed up the players, as both Kyle Wilson and Erick Lankster both missed their field goals.
“It’s fun. You get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I’ve been, where I’ve been, for a few years now. It’s a nice thing, anytime you have a chance to help today’s society, and today’s youth, move forward. I think it’s just a nice way to give back. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces, there’s nothing more priceless than that,” Wilson said.
As the kids were filled with joy and excitement, they did not even realize how much exercise they were performing. Whether is was the relay races, the tackling drills, or the jumping jacks, these kids were having the time of their lives. The players tried to make it as enjoyable as possible as they goofed around with the kids, and even lost some of their races.
This “Wrap-Up” is part of a four week program, that Play 60 and the AMA put together in order to help these kids stay healthy.
“We show them a bunch of things that they can do, to get their heart rates elevated. They can do inside [activities], they can do outside [activities], and they can take that home with them. Now when they are doing the program themselves, we talk about anything they can do, that is physical activity and also how to engage their families as well, such as walking the dog, as a family together, going outside and playing basketball together. We talk about all the things they do over the course of a day; they do basketball practice, soccer practice, gymnastics, or whatever. We want them to do this and then do things on their own and with their families, to extend the length of the physical activities,” James Prebrey, a AMA representative, said at the end of the day.
The American heart Association and Play 60 joined together to help promote at least 60 minutes of play a day, in order to help prevent childhood obesity. They, along with Kinect for Xbox 360, present a check for $10,000 to seven schools from the Morris County area. They have a “Kick-off” day were the Jets players go to their schools and they take part in a variety of activities, and then there is the “Wrap-Up”, which took place at Florham Park. At the end of the four weeks these kids were rewarded with new X-box’s, Kinect for X-Box, and even various games.
“We do activities with them, like today, which was the wrap up. We also do a kick-off with them [NY Jets] as well. Kyle Wilson has been so great showing up to every school and being very involved. We do those activities in the school, and say ‘hey look at all these fun things you can do’,” Prebrey said.
Prebrey explained how they do not simply show the kids exercises, but they make them keep a journal of all the physical actives they do throughout the four weeks of the program. He also said they the give the schools their curriculum, which helps to teach the kids proper dieting. He also showed them how to feel their heart rate and explain that’s how your heart gets strengthened. Play 60 and AMA go “hand in hand”, and “show them all the fun they can have”.