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June 2019


NFL Foundation Helps to Advance Youth Wellness

Recent Rec Report Feature Stories

Youth Sports Participation Holds Steady in 2018 - June 2019

Dog Parks Still on the Rise - May 2019

USA Swimming Grants Will Boost Learn-to-Swim Programs - May 2019

IHRSA: One in Five Americans Belong to at Least One Health Club - May 2019

New Program Aims to Grow Pickleball & Tennis - May 2019

IHRSA Reports on Health Club Compensation - April 2019

Grant Funding Brings Parks Closer to People in 10 Cities - April 2019

Note & Float Program Reaches Lifesaving Milestone - April 2019

Fund Established to Assist Aspiring Women Coaches - April 2019

Applications Open for ESPN RePlay Program - April 2019

NRPA Offers Play Space Grants - March 2019

Smarter Lifeguard Management - March 2019

U.S. Soccer Foundation Aims to Boost Female Participation - March 2019

In Oregon, Outdoor Recreation Saves $1.4 Billion in Healthcare Costs - March 2019

Survey: Communities Should Support Pollinators - February 2019

NSPF, APSP Unite to Form Pool & Hot Tub Alliance - February 2019

Guide Aims to Help Gyms Implement Diabetes Prevention - February 2019

Senior Living Continues Shift Toward Wellness - February 2019

Partnership Aims to Expand Play Opportunities - January 2019

Grant Funds Help Educate Pool Operators - January 2019

NFL Foundation Grants Boost Local Football Fields - January 2019

Leaders Recognized for Advancing Outdoor Recreation - January 2019

Goldfish Swim School Sponsors USA Swimming Foundation - December 2018

Physical Activity for Kids Gets Low Grade - December 2018

New Law Helps Sports Medicine Professionals & Athletes - December 2018

Outdoor Recreation Adds Billions to U.S. Economy - November 2018

Nearly $1 Million in Pool Grants Awarded - November 2018

Report: One in Four Americans Use a Health Club - November 2018

New Active Transportation Program Aims to Boost Health & Environment - November 2018

Foundation Celebrates Sports Innovations - October 2018

Grant Awarded to Chattanooga Nature Play Area - October 2018

Obesity Continues to Challenge America's Health - October 2018

Grant Program Funds Keep America Beautiful Initiatives - October 2018

Nation's Pediatricians Emphasize Power of Play - October 2018

Step Into Swim Continues to Create New Swimmers - September 2018

Pickleball Benefits Older Adults - September 2018

NSPF Endorses MAHC Adoption - September 2018

Cities Spend More on Public Parks in 2018 - September 2018

Be Ready for Back-to-School Sports - August 2018

NRPA, Pool Safely Partner on Water & Recreation Safety - August 2018

States Make Progress Toward Active Transportation - August 2018

IHRSA Briefing Looks at Club Employees vs. Contractors - August 2018

ACSM & Wellcoaches Expand Offerings for Fitness Pros - July 2018

Grants Help Local Trail Projects - July 2018

Grant to Boost Meals & Nutrition for Kids - July 2018

Trust for Public Land Releases ParkServe Database - July 2018

CPSC Asks for Vigilance to Prevent Child Drowning - July 2018

TPL Earns NEA Grant to Explore Creative Placemaking - June 2018

High Visa Denial Rates Could Affect Pools - June 2018

Make a Splash Campaign Teaches Millions to Swim - June 2018

Communities Can Earn Grants for Dog Park Development - June 2018

By Deborah Vence

Now in its fifth year, the NFL-FLAG-In-Schools Program aims to increase physical activity among youth by providing flag football resources to underserved school communities. As a result of the program's efforts, led by the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60, 9.1 million students have become more active before, during and after school since 2014. And, about 4,200 NFL FLAG Kits will be distributed across the nation during the 2019-2020 school year, reaching about 2.3 million new students.

"Since 2014, when this groundbreaking partnership was announced between the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up To Play 60, we have provided over 16,000 school communities with flag football equipment to equip and engage students in fun physical activity before, during and after school," GENYOUth CEO Alexis Glick stated.

Dawn Aponte, NFL senior vice president, football operations and chief football administrative officer, also said, "The NFL is constantly seeking to enhance the football experience for participants as well as fans. The NFL FLAG-In-Schools Program has provided access and opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities to develop their passion for football while staying active. We also greatly appreciate NFL Legends who have engaged with participating schools throughout the country."

For the 2019-2020 school year, high schools across the nation will be invited to apply for the kits, with a focus being on growing female participation in the game. Included in the existing curriculum will be a female focus with the support of SHAPE America and guidance from USA Football.

In the upcoming school year, 100 percent of school-based Boys and Girls Clubs of America will have FLAG-In-Schools kits, which will enable increased opportunities for students to be physically active after school in addition to the school day.

In addition, the program this year has added online tools and resources for PE teachers and coaches. The NFL FLAG-In-Schools program administered in-person training for 200 educators at AdventHealth Training Center, which is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, during SHAPE America's National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

To learn more about NFL FLAG-In-Schools and request a free FLAG-In-Schools kit, go to FuelUptoPlay60.com. To find or start an NFL FLAG league in your community, go to NFLFLAG.com.