HISD schools win NFL Play 60 grants from Houston Texans, Texas Children’s Hospital

Four HISD schools earned a big victory from the Houston Texans and the Texas Children’s Hospital by winning an NFL PLAY 60 grant that will fund new equipment for P.E., sports, and after-school programs to help get kids moving.

Mitchell Elementary School, Attucks Middle School, and Westbury High School each won a $10,000 grant while Blackshear Elementary School received a $5,000 grant. Representatives from the schools were recognized during the halftime presentation of the Houston Texans game Oct. 2 at NRG Stadium.

PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. The grants are designed to help schools with gym equipment or playground refurbishments, activity trails, interactive fitness technology installations, and other projects that help kids stay fit.

Schools had to apply for the grant by submitting a formal funding request that included a 500-word essay on how the grant would be used and why it is needed. The funds are scheduled to be distributed to the schools in March.

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