Former NFL Stars Promote Physical Education In Wichita

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

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Two former NFL stars brought $55,000 to Wichita schools as part of a program to promote physical education.

They hope the program will make physical fitness a higher priority for a generation accustomed to spending too much time in front of the TV.

Former Kansas City Chief Will Shields says he wasn't always the confident athlete he is today.

"I wasn't always deemed as an athlete. I was deemed as the little fat kid that
couldn't do this and couldn't do that," Shields said.

Shields and the NFL Network's Rod Woodson were at Jardine Middle School Friday to support the new "Keep Gym In School" campaign.

Sponsored by the NFL Network and Cox Communications, the program presented $55,000 worth of new gym equipment to ensure that every student gets the chance to maintain a healthy life.

These football stars joined the students in a football-themed field day to assess students' fitness levels as part of an in-school fitness challenge.

The event was designed to motivate students to stay active through the end of the year, when one student will be invited to join other kids from across the country during the 2009 NFL draft.

On Monday, November 10, all Wichita district physical education teachers
will be hosted at the Chief's practice facility for continuing education,
utilizing football-style lesson plans to enhance the districts' existing PE

Additionally, Kansas City will be hosting a check presentation ceremony at their Sunday, November 16 home game against the New Orleans Saints.

To expand the program nationally, Keep Gym in School will provide one
additional school with a $10,000 grant to improve its physical education
program. NFL Network will offer an online adoption contest open to any
middle school nationwide.

Students, parents, teachers and other community members can nominate their school for the grant online at the website.

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