Linebacker Sam Acho visited Johnson Elementary School in Aurora on Tuesday, October 6 to present a $10,000 NFL Hometown Grant to East Aurora School District 131 from the Chicago Bears and Midwest Dairy Council.
The grant will support healthy eating and physical activity programs at three of the district's schools, including Dieterich Elementary, Johnson Elementary, and Oak Park Elementary. Representatives from the district and each school, Midwest Dairy Council, and Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti were also in attendance.
Following the check presentation, all of the students, faculty and representatives toasted with a glass of ice-cold milk to celebrate receiving the NFL Hometown Grant. Sam then led over 100 students through a variety of fitness activities.
The NFL Hometown Grant is in support of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Football League and National Dairy Council. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
It is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research with youth, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student contests.
Visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more and get involved!