Four local schools scored big on Nov. 29 after the Houston Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital awarded $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants to help purchase equipment and get kids moving, active, and healthy while at school day and in after-school programs. The schools received the check in a ceremony on the field before the Texans game at NRG Stadium. Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes and Texas Children’s Hospital Executive Vice President John Nickens presented each of the following schools with $10,000:
• Fondren Elementary School (HISD) to add soccer, flag football, and basketball programs to in-school physical education classes, as well as the after-school program
• Holland Middle School (HISD) to help kids be more active in physical education class by focusing on cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition, as well as agility, balance, coordination, speed, power, and reaction time
• Worthing High School (HISD) to support after-school programming and a certified trainer to help facilitate their health and wellness programs
• Burnett Elementary School (Pasadena ISD) for equipment for physical education classes and after-school programs
Nearly 40 local schools applied for the grants, which are part of the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes every day in order to help reverse the childhood obesity trend in the United States.