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The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation had a big party for local NFL Flag Football teams. The kids got a special tour of Redskins Park, where the team practices.
Redskins President Bruce Allen gave the players official team certificates and while Larry Michael, the voice of the Redskins, read their names.
"The Washington Redskins are rooting for you, and we hope you have a great future."

From the television studio to the training room, the kids saw the Redskins three Super Bowl trophies during their private tour of Redskins Park.

Recently the NFL, USA Football, Fuel Up to Play 60, GENYOUth Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association teamed up in Seattle with the launch of the NFL FLAG program.

Bringing NFL FLAG Football Kits to more than 500,000 students nationwide, the program gives kids the chance to get active every day.

Chris, a lucky Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador participated in the event and mingled with Seattle Seahawks players, cheerleaders and the teams' mascot Blitz!

"This trip was a very fun and thrilling experience that I was fortunate enough to have." said Chris. You can read all about his day with the Seahawks and the NFL on The Huddle, Fuel Up to Play 60's student blog.

A high school player named, Wade Makes, makes an amazing one-handed interception.
Help celebrate the start of the NFL season in Baltimore and be part of the NFL PLAY 60 Kickoff Youth Football Festival at Patterson Park!  We’re looking for boys and girls ages 6-13 who live in the Baltimore area and want to learn how fun it can be to PLAY 60! You don’t have to be a football player or know anything about the game to enjoy this event. Registered kids will have the chance to be taken through a special PLAY 60 clinic to learn different football skills and drills le

Help celebrate the start of the NFL season in Baltimore and be part of the NFL PLAY 60 Kickoff Youth Football Festival at Patterson Park! 


We’re looking for boys and girls ages 6-13 who live in the Baltimore area and want to learn how fun it can be to PLAY 60! You don’t have to be a football player or know anything about the game to enjoy this event. Registered kids will have the chance to be taken through a special PLAY 60 clinic to learn different football skills and drills led by USA Football and Under Armour coaches. Some former NFL stars will also be in attendance.

 

Click here to register your kids today!

 A select group of youth and high school football coaches have been selected to participate in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit being held in Canton, Ohio this week.   “By bringing together youth and high school football leaders for an intensive educational summit we can help them gain a greater understanding of how to make the game better for children who love to play football.” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation.    In

 A select group of youth and high school football coaches have been selected to participate in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit being held in Canton, Ohio this week.

 

“By bringing together youth and high school football leaders for an intensive educational summit we can help them gain a greater understanding of how to make the game better for children who love to play football.” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation. 

 

In addition to the coaches, 92 other supporters of youth and high school football, including youth football commissioners and athletic directors from across the country, will attend the Summit, which is funded by the NFL Foundation.  The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.

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Here are the winners of the 51st NFL PPK National Championship! Congratulations to all of the finalists! For more information on NFL PPK and other NFL PLAY 60 programs, click here
 

Hayden - Kansas City Chiefs 6-7


Punt: 47’ 8”

Pass: 45’ 1”

Kick: 56’ 6”

Total: 149’ 3”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.  He is not only a former Kansas City Chief's player but also one of the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL.  He is a good example of how maintaining a high level of physical fitness can prolong a football player's career.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I was following in the footsteps of my two older sisters.   Once I saw that I could participate at the age of 6, I jumped on the chance to compete.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I participate in basketball, competitive soccer and competitive softball as well as PPK.  I get a lot of exercise each week with all my practices.  I also enjoy being outdoors at home on our property playing on our zip line, tree swings and in our tree house.

 

 

Matiwos - New England Patriots 6-7


Punt: 62’ 4”

Pass: 69’ 6”

Kick: 85’ 3”

Total: 217’ 1”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Tom Brady

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I was adopted from Ethiopia and he arrived in America about a year ago.  My four sibling have all participated in PPK in the past and I wanted to participate with them this year.  It has been a wonderful experience for all of us!

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

Playing in the yard with any kind of ball with my brother, three sisters and friends.  

 

Jayla - San Diego Chargers 8-9


Punt: 56’ 5”

Pass: 82’ 5”

Kick: 75’ 7”

Total: 159’ 5”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite player is #7 Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I play tackle football for a pop Warner league here in Hawaii. I got a flyer back in the 2009-2010 season and was interested in trying it out. Thats how I got  involved in PPK.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I play numerous sports such as football, baseball, basketball, track and swimming. My family is very active in sports so I am at the park or at the gym at least 5 days out of the week. Exercising while doing various sports keeps me on my toes and that is how I Play 60.

 

Tyler - Arizona Cardinals 8-9

 

Punt: 90’ 9”

Pass: 86’ 8”

Kick: 87’ 6”

Total: 264’ 11”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL player is Robert Griffin III.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I got involved with the PPK during football season.  A flyer was sent out through YAFL (Young American Football League) and my mom and dad asked if I wanted to try it.  My dad also did this when he was my age, so I thought it would be fun.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

My favorite way to PLAY 60 is by playing sports with my brother, sister and friends.  I also play on a football and a hockey team, and I am on a club swim team, so I am at some type of practice almost everyday. When I am not at practice I am hitting pucks or running around.

 

Madison - Philadelphia Eagles 10-11

 

Punt: 75’ 0”

Pass: 97’ 1”

Kick: 83’ 11”

Total: 256’ 0”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Joe Flacco. He grew up near me and I go to school and play sports with some of his cousins. And he can really throw the football!

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

My elementary school gym teacher Mr. Bill Hoover organizes competitions at our schools every year. The past three years I have gone on to win the Eagles Team Competition for my age group. This was the first year I made it to the National Competition

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I practice the sports I play in, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Flag Football and I love to ride my bike.

Will - Atlanta Falcons 10-11

 

Punt: 116’ 4”

Pass: 90’ 9”

Kick: 132’ 8”

Total: 339’ 9”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL players are Tim Tebow and Matt Bryant.  They are both great football players and great role models.  Besides that that, Matt Brynat hit a 62 yard FG in a game one time. 

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

My 3rd grade football Coach told me about it and encouraged me to give it a try.  Now, it’s a fun way to practice at my game while having fun competing. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I like to play football with my team and friends whether it be at practice, in a game or just a pick-up game with my friends from school.  Of course, I like to kick and punt also.

Kristina - Indianapolis Colts 12-13

 

Punt: 102’ 6”

Pass: 98’ 7”

Kick: 127’ 0”

Total: 328’ 1”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL player from the Indianapolis Colts would be Reggie Wayne.  My all-time favorite would be Aaron Rodgers.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

My dad did Punt, Pass & Kick when he was little so when my younger brother was old enough to compete my parents took us to our local competition.  They gave me the choice to either sit in the stands and watch or go out and do it, too.  I didn't even have the proper shoes on to compete  so, I wore my mother's sneakers and began my journey with Punt, Pass & Kick.  My soccer and softball skills have helped me along the way.  

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

Soccer and softball are my favorite ways to PLAY 60.  I love to do anything that involves running, exercising and competing.  I enjoy playing basketball and football with my brothers and have a workout routine that I do of push-ups and sit-ups before bed.

Jack - Green Bay Packers 12-13

 

Punt: 132’ 9”

Pass: 134’ 2”

Kick: 118’ 10”

Total: 385’ 9”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite player is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I got involved in PPK when I was 8 and a neighbor suggested that I go to the local competition and try it.  I have been hooked ever since

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

My favorite way to PLAY 60 is to get outside and play sports.  I love football, basketball, and baseball

Kayla - Philadelphia Eagles 14-15

 

Punt: 125’ 11”

Pass: 114’ 4”

Kick: 111’ 3”

Total: 351’ 6”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Adrian Peterson

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

From my Dad.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

Playing basketball.

Jay - Minnesota Vikings 14 - 15

 

Punt: 136’ 0”

Pass: 154’ 11”

Kick: 126’ 8”

Totals: 417’ 7”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL player is Shonn Greene of the Jets. I like him because he is a former Iowa player and he is a beast.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I got involved in PPK several years ago. I had competed in a parks department competition and after that I looked into the NFL program so that I could compete at a high level. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

My favorite way to PLAY 60 is to do almost any sport! I enjoy football, basketball, baseball and golf. I stay active all year around playing on school and travel teams.

Gage Dannecker, 11, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had been asking his mom for about three years to play youth football after listening time and again how much fun his friends were having playing the sport. This year, after all the begging and pleading, his mom, Melissa Hein, finally said yes.    “My favorite position on the football team is nose tackle,” Gage said. “When you’re in that position on defense, you’re able to chase and tackle the guy with the bal

Gage Dannecker, 11, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had been asking his mom for about three years to play youth football after listening time and again how much fun his friends were having playing the sport. This year, after all the begging and pleading, his mom, Melissa Hein, finally said yes.

  

“My favorite position on the football team is nose tackle,” Gage said. “When you’re in that position on defense, you’re able to chase and tackle the guy with the ball.”

 

He enjoys shedding blocks and making plays. But unlike other youth football players across the nation, Gage is presented with another challenge on every snap.

 

He is blind.

 

Michael Rhodes, coach of the Bulldogs, was a little hesitant because he wasn’t sure about Gage’s limitations on the field. Not only did Gage change coach Rhodes’ perspective, but by showing dedication and effort in practice every day, he changed his teammates’ as well.

 

“The other kids were a little apprehensive,’” Rhodes said. “But as he was blocking them off, shedding their blocks and getting to where he needed to be, they learned along the way that he was here to stay and wasn’t just some stunt to throw a kid in a uniform and see if he would be able to stand on the sideline.

 

“The biggest key is Gage wanted to learn how to play football, and the kids realized that if this guy can do it, then there is no reason they can’t use the same effort and try to achieve the same goals as Gage.”

 

 

For the full story, please visit USA Football for the article: http://usafootball.com/news/featured-articles/blind-player-inspiration-teammates-coaches

 Follow your favorite NFL players and wear pink to your game to help fight breast cancer!  The first step is to talk to your coach about getting involved!    There are a number of things your team can do to participate in A Crucial Catch. The NFL and the American Cancer Society have created new ways for you to join the effort by visiting cancer.org/coachestoolkit.  We encourage you to talk to your teammates, parents, coaches and fans, and join the NFL in suppor

Follow your favorite NFL players and wear pink to your game to help fight breast cancer!  The first step is to talk to your coach about getting involved! 

 

There are a number of things your team can do to participate in A Crucial Catch. The NFL and the American Cancer Society have created new ways for you to join the effort by visiting cancer.org/coachestoolkit


We encourage you to talk to your teammates, parents, coaches and fans, and join the NFL in supporting A Crucial Catch this month!

 
 
 

To celebrate the start of football season, USA Football will hold a symoblic youth football National Kickoff this Saturday across all 50 states.   As part of this National Kickoff event, USA Football has distributed commemorative footballs to over 2,100 different local fields.  Local youth football teams will use these balls to kickoff their Saturday games.  More than 620,000 players across 205 leagues will take part in the celebration.   Players, parents, and fans at

To celebrate the start of football season, USA Football will hold a symoblic youth football National Kickoff this Saturday across all 50 states.

 

As part of this National Kickoff event, USA Football has distributed commemorative footballs to over 2,100 different local fields.  Local youth football teams will use these balls to kickoff their Saturday games.  More than 620,000 players across 205 leagues will take part in the celebration.

 

Players, parents, and fans attending these events are encouraged to post any photos from these events to the USA Football Facebook page, where all the photos will be combined to showcase how many people across the country celebrated getting back to football.

 

Check it out at www.usafootball.com/kickoff.

If you're like us, you just can't get enough football. You want to take in everything related to the pigskin and the gridiron, especially during the offseason. Well, get ready for some good news - USA Football now has an online version of their USA Football Kids Magazine! Check it out for cool tips, fun games, and great articles about players like Ryan Matthews and Dwight Freeney. Take a look now!

If you're like us, you just can't get enough football. You want to take in everything related to the pigskin and the gridiron, especially during the offseason.

Well, get ready for some good news - USA Football now has an online version of their USA Football Kids Magazine!

Check it out for cool tips, fun games, and great articles about players like Ryan Matthews and Dwight Freeney. Take a look now!

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Check out these Fuel Up To Play 60 winners and how they stay active:

 

Grand Prize School: Enslow Middle School

 

“How we Fueled Up to PLAY 60”: We created a game plan and followed through. We never gave up even when we fell behind. Collaboration from our related arts teachers allowing every student in the building time to “fuel up” and weekly motivational talks helped us to stay focused on our goal and our eyes on the prize.

 

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Grand Prize Student: ACCELv1 (Accel of West Palm Beach, FL)

 

“How I Fueled Up to PLAY 60”: Fuel Up to Play 60 was awesome! I played tons of Football got fit and had fun doing it.

 

Winner

 

For more information about Fuel Up to PLAY 60 visit www.fueluptoplay60.com

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