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Elementary Students to Participate in Play 60/Project ACES Challenge with Baltimore Ravens

Release Date: 9/15/2010 2:38:55 PM

The Baltimore Ravens, Carroll County Public Schools, and The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will kick off the Play 60 Challenge with Project ACES (Active Children Excel in School) on Monday, October 4, 2010, as part of the nationwide NFL Play 60 campaign, a program designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles among today’s youth.
     
The Ravens and local Challenge partners will encourage elementary school students to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for a period of two weeks. Students will track their activity throughout the course of the program with provided daily activity logs. Parents and staff members also are encouraged to participate as role models. Students who successfully log 60 minutes for each day of the Challenge will be entered in a raffle to win various prizes, including Baltimore Ravens-themed pedometers, footballs, water bottles, yoga mats and basketball hoop sets. Two lucky winners, one girl and one boy, will be invited to the Ravens vs. Buccaneers game on November 28 where they will be recognized on-field prior to kickoff. Three additional students will be chosen to attend a Ravens Play 60 reward luncheon in the spring of 2011, alongside winning students from surrounding Baltimore-area schools taking part in the Play 60 Challenge.
     
Adults are also encouraged to participate in the Challenge, and the Project ACES school with the most staff participation will receive a catered luncheon, compliments of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens will also award a financial grant to the physical education department of the school with the highest overall participation. 
     
For 2010, 23 public and 3 private elementary schools throughout Carroll County will participate in the Play 60 Challenge/Project ACES program, totaling over 14,000 students. The event runs October 4-17.
     
Formed in 1996, Project ACES works to promote healthy nutrition and increased physical activity in children. The first physical activity challenge took place in 2000, and has since grown into an annual, two-week event every fall. For more information, call Linda Kephart, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, Carroll County Public Schools, at 410-751-3056.

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