Rogers Middle School, located in the Affton School district, was named the winner of the Rams’ 2014 PLAY 60 Challenge. The students of Rogers beat out 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 11 other area elementary and middle schools.
In conjunction with the American Heart Association and the NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative, the Rams’ ‘Fourth Quarter Drive’ tracked the rate of activity of area youth over a six-week period spanning January and February. With 179 participants totaling nearly 300,000 total minutes, an average of 418 minutes per week, Rogers students outpaced the next closest competitor by 53 minutes a week.
Other participating schools included Valley Park Middle, Mason Elementary, Central Elementary, Crystal City Elementary and Middle, Johnson Wabash, Boone Trail Elementary, Yeatman Middle, Ladue Middle School, Brittany Woods Middle and Middle Grove School.
The 12 schools combined for nearly 2,000,000 minutes logged over the six-week period, an average of 238 minutes per student. A total of 1,735 students participated in the PLAY 60 Challenge. All 12 participating schools will be invited to an exclusive Rams PLAY 60 Field Day at Rams Park. For registering the highest average participation, Rogers Middle School will receive a visit by a Rams player during the academic year.
The NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative debuted in 2007, and is designed to encourage youth to engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day. Since its inception, the NFL has devoted more than $200 million toward youth health and wellness through PLAY 60.