SIXTH ANNUAL “PLAY 60 COMMUNITY BLITZ” TO BE HELD JANUARY 21
In celebration of the 2015 Pro Bowl, the NFL will host its sixth annual NFL PLAY 60 Community Blitz. During the Blitz on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 2-3 p.m., Pro Bowl players, NFL representatives and local volunteers will take part in five service projects. The activities are designed to help local children stay healthy and active as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s campaign to fight childhood obesity, and to show support for our nation’s military, with events occurring at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., and the Arizona National Guard Armory in Phoenix, Ariz.
During Blitz activities, NFL players will have the opportunity to work as “Airman for a Day” before hosting video-chat sessions for deployed airmen and their families at Luke Air Force Base. A NFL PLAY 60 youth fitness challenge and cheerleader clinic will take place at Luke Elementary School, adjacent to the base.
At the Arizona National Guard Armory, Pro Bowl players will work alongside National Guard, United Way and USAA volunteers to build a fitness trail that the Guardsmen will use to stay service-fit, while 150 students take part in a NFL PLAY 60 fitness clinic.
Additionally, the NFL will host a Punt, Pass & Kick event led by Pro Bowl captains with athletes from the Special Olympics Arizona at Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix.
A full listing of Blitz events, along with media contacts for each site, is below. Please note that advance notice is required for media wishing to attend each military base.
|NFL PLAY 60 Youth Fitness Challenge and Cheerleader Clinic||Luke Elementary; 7300 N. Dysart Rd., Glendale, AZ 85307||Cate Hefele:
|Airman for a Day||Luke Air Force Base; 14185 Falcon St., Glendale, AZ 85309||B.J. Waymer:
|Fitness Trail Community Build||Arizona National Guard Armory; 5636 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85009||Dana Gordon:
|NFL PLAY 60 Youth Fitness Challenge||Arizona National Guard Armory; 5636 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033
|NFL PLAY 60 Punt, Pass & Kick Competition – Unified Special Olympics Edition||Trevor Browne High School; 7402 W. Catalina Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85033||Melissa Schiller:
Melissa.Schiller@nfl.com ; 917.349.5488
The Airman for a Day and Fitness Trail Community Build are made possible by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL. For the fourth consecutive year, the NFL will also host an on-base Pro Bowl practice presented by USAA. This year’s practice will take place on Thursday, January 22 at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and is open to military and their families.
Other community events taking place during the week include a tree planting event at Sahuaro Ranch and a Super Kids Super Sharing collection event at Salvation Army South Mountain Kroc Center.
Kids from the Ak-Chin, Scottsdale and Gila River communities, local Heads Up Football teams, and children from Make-A-Wish and the Boys and Girls Club will attend a Pro Bowl practice on Friday, January 23.
Make-A-Wish and Heads Up Football groups will also be in attendance at the 2015 Pro Bowl presented by McDonald’s on Sunday, January 25. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be televised live at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Participants in the NFL FLAG Championships at Super Bowl will be honored on field prior to the game.
With the Pro Bowl returning to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL Foundation will continue its support of Hawaiian-based, youth-serving nonprofits in 2015, recognizing several non-profit organizations through the Pro Bowl Community Grant program.
About NFL PLAY 60:
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations. PLAY 60 is implemented locally as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. Since PLAY 60 was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $300 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. The NFL and its teams have constructed more than 200 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into more than 73,000 schools since the campaign launched, giving 38 million children the opportunity to be more healthy and active.