The Los Angeles Rams brought Play 60 Field Day to Naval Base Ventura County for an afternoon of football fun and games
On Saturday, May 12th, the Los Angeles Rams hosted a PLAY 60 Field Day for students (Kindergarten - 8th grade) at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme. The Rams PLAY 60 Field Day is a fun and active afternoon of football activities for elementary and middle school students to encourage them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
With nine different activity stations, skill challenges and inflatables, it was no surprise that children and parents quickly found themselves migrating to NBVC's athletic field. As cheerleaders took photos with youth and signed autographs, team mascot Rampage moved from station to station participating in skill activities and provoking bursts of laughter and copious amounts of high-fives. The Rams PLAY 60 Field Day provided plenty of joy for children and parents while also meeting an objective for NBVC, which is to create new educational programs for their resident-youth that encourage fitness, mentorship, and teamwork.
"It's awesome because the Rams reached out to us and wanted to do this for us, so we were all for it," said Alex Diaz, Youth Sports and Fitness Coordinator for NBVC, Port Hueneme. "It's really what we were looking for. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, even the parents from outside the fence. The cheerleaders were especially great too. For us, it aligned with our goal to create more youth activities for the base that are different from our normal leagues."
Every year, the NFL and its 32 teams come together to honor and support military veterans, active duty service members, and their families as part of the league's Salute to Service. In addition, the NFL's PLAY 60 program aims to increase the wellness of young fans and bring together the league's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations. As cornerstones of the NFL's platform, Rams' Manager of Community Affairs and Player Involvement Zach Kinkeade believes this was a unique opportunity to bring Salute to Service and PLAY 60 together to provide an unforgettable experience for the families of our local military heroes.
"Our Military Outreach and PLAY 60 programs are main pillars of our organization," said Kinkeade. "Today, we were able to combine the two and put on a PLAY 60 event to promote active and healthy habits while also expressing our gratitude for the military and their families for the sacrifices they make."
Through various community outreach and PLAY 60 initiatives, the Rams aim to create an active and healthy generation by engaging youth in activities that promote physical fitness, health and character education through in-school, after-school and team-based programs.
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is a premier Naval installation composed of three operating facilities: Point Mugu, Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island located 60 miles offshore. NBVC supports approximately 80 tenant commands with a base population of more than 19,000 personnel.
For more information about the Rams community outreach initiatives, please visit therams.com/PLAY60.