Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Draft Prospects, Commissioner Goodell, Former NFL Players Including Deion Sanders Join New York City Youth for NFL 60 Youth Football Festival during Draft Week

Deion L. Sanders retired as a professional football player in 2001, but is scoring big points off the field for NFL Network’s Keep Gym in School Program. Sanders is conducting a press conference in New York today with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and 4 middle school kids who will be receiving awards for their participation and improved dedication to fitness. The announcement shines a spotlight on The Keep Gym in School Fitness Program, which was developed in association with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

The program is a component of the NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and fitness campaign designed to keep kids active at least 60 minutes a day. The emphasis is placed on combating childhood obesity by supporting physical education programs in America’s schools. In addition to the conference, there will be a PE Teacher of the Year award with a $10,000 grant for her school’s PE program as well as football clinics for city kids, with the assistance of retired NFL players: Donovan Darius; Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Brad Hoover, Cortez Kennedy, Natrone Means, Joe Morris, Anthony Mua‘Oz and Willie Roaf, so stop by if you’re in town.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Draft prospect clinic from 9:45-10:15 a.m.) Thursday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Chelsea Waterside Park
11th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Street

CONTACT: Clare Graff, NFL, 212-450-2435
Erin Wendell, Under Armour, 410-454-6570,

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