NFL Player Challenges
Organize a weekly NFL Player Challenge contest in which students or classes complete physical fitness challenges from NFL players on the Great Play Ideas section of the NFL's Play 60 website. Have classes see how many challenges they can finish and share on FuelUpToPlay60.com!
This Play may help you meet the goals of the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge!
How Does It Work?
This challenge is a great way to get the whole school involved in regular physical activity and really keep them moving! Use examples of NFL Players’ suggestions to inspire the whole student body to join in.
The following steps are suggestions for how to complete the Play — but they can be done in any order or combination and can be altered to fit your needs. If you find ways to adapt this Play to fit your school, share it with us through the Tips section!
Create a planning team including students, your principal and P.E. teachers.
In your team, review the great play ideas on the NFL Play 60 website. With the help of your school’s P.E. teachers, provide time during the school day for students to attempt the challenges presented on the site.
Write out simple directions for each activity idea and post them where students can see them, changing the challenges on a weekly basis. Come up with a system that keeps track of which students have completed each challenge. You might have a bulletin board outside the gym or main office, in the cafeteria or near the school entrance. You might also photocopy sheets that students can use to track their own challenge results.
Consider offering prizes for those who can complete the most challenges, or students who complete the most repetitions in a given time period, etc. For help in getting donated prizes from local businesses, check out the Tools and Resources below.
To spark students’ interest, have them explore what NFL players like to do in their free play time. Students who join NFL Rush can share which activities they like, too.
Spread the Word
Advertise the program to students by making morning announcements, passing out flyers, putting up posters and placing ads in the school newsletter.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Form a planning team
- Write out simple directions for challenges
- Solicit prizes
- Create a way to track challenge results
- Advertise the program
- Remind their friends and classmates to track their physical activities
Involve the community. Schedule a meeting with your school's parent organization and let them know what they can do to help.