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Baltimore Ravens and Carroll County Public Schools 2011 Project ACES Challenge with 14,000 Elementary Students

Release Date: 9/23/2011 10:02:45 AM

The Baltimore Ravens and Carroll County Public Schools will kick off the Play 60 Challenge with Project ACES (Active Children Excel in School) Monday, October 3, 2011, 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 the Carroll County Public Schools health and physical education departments 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, with parents and staff members also encouraged to participate as role models. Students who successfully log 60 minutes for each day of the challenge will then be entered in a raffle to win various prizes. Two lucky winners, one girl and one boy, will be invited to the Ravens vs. 49ers game (November 24th) 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 2012, alongside winning students from surrounding Baltimore-area schools taking part in the Play 60 Challenge.
 
Staff members are also encouraged to participate in the Challenge. 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 2011, 26 elementary schools throughout Carroll County will participate in the Play 60 Challenge/Project ACES program, totaling over 14,000 students. The event runs October 3-16.
 
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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