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Leadership Through Football

Roberto Perez,   B L Garza Middle School
NFL FLAG-In-Schools — Get in the Game!
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Football has been a staple in the state of Texas since as far back as I can remember. It is more than just playing under the Friday night lights. It teaches discipline, teamwork, and most importantly, leadership. We decided to go with Flag Football as our “PLAY” this year. We began introducing football through our P.E. classes in September and even invited some of our 6th grade boys to be team managers for our 7th and 8th grade football teams. At practices, they were able to see the hard work and dedication these 7th and 8th grade boys put in each day. The great news was, it excited them! Our FUTP 60 team consisted of a good group of 6th grade boys that will be the future middle school stars, and hopefully play under the Friday night lights. We allowed the boys to participate in drills and play Flag Football during P.E. to keep physically active. They had a blast doing it!  We have even signed them up for Flag Football tournaments to participate in, excited them even more. We also talked about nutrition and hydration as a part of sport participation. We emphasized the importance of breakfast and healthy foods, as well as drinking water throughout the day. Athletes cannot perform at an elite level without properly fueling their tank! Our FUTP 60 team has learned a lot about teamwork, and have grown as young men. We hope they continue to lead as they grow and thrive in school as well as physical education and sports.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We all worked together by striving to reach a common goal. In this case, it was to find success in being physically active through Flag Football. All the kids were dedicated in showing up excited during P.E. to participate in flag football drills and games. As the adults, we worked with the students to emphasize the importance of physical activity, leadership, and teaching teamwork.