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KC Chiefs Flag Football comes to Gorilla Country

By
Michelle Grimes,   Pittsburg Unif Sch Dist 250
Play:
NFL FLAG-In-Schools — Get in the Game!
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
KC Chiefs Flag Football comes to Gorilla Country
Here at Pittsburg State University our P.E. majors are fueling up for the biggest Kick Off party ever in Southeast Kansas! We will host over 250 Pittsburg Middle School kids on campus and play Chiefs Flag Football for 60 minutes on Oct. 17th from 1-2:30pm. The college kids will serve as the referees, coaches, and mentors for the middle schoolers. This event is all about bringing communities and people together for the sake of good health ! Engaging our college students in this outreach program will help us share the vision of FUTP 60 with 15 other elementary schools in our area. I truly believe FUTP 60 is not just for the youth, it has inspired so many more adults, teachers, staff and community members to want to play a role in Fueling Up! So let's get everyone on board and not just stop with elementary schools! Everyone can Fuel Up!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

It has been a wonderful experience watching the college students serve as coaches, referee’s and mentors for the youth in our community while playing Chiefs Flag Football. The younger kids are achieving their 60 minutes of physical activity without even seeing it as grueling exercise because they are having so much fun. The joy and excitement has been contagious for the college age kids as well, enticing them to get moving and set a good example for the younger generation.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goal of bringing FuelU up to Play 60 to Pittsburg, Kansas through team work. I was able to reach out to a few key individuals that provided guidance and direction to get the ball rolling. Robyn Stewe with Midwest Dairy has been extremely helpful, the KAHPERD organization, and Andrew Smitka with the KC Chiefs. When all stake holders have the same vision in mind, the goal becomes reality fairly quick!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The improvements I have seen at our school include an attitude of excitement, energy and a desire to be a part of a team. The college students have been more willing to help the youth with this program more so than any other program we have instituted. It is fun, inviting and has created a curiosity all over campus for what are P.E. majors are doing!