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NFL/LISC GRASSROOTS PROGRAM GRANTS $2.5 MILLION FOR NEW AND REFURBISHED COMMUNITY FOOTBALL FIELDS IN 15 CITIES NATIONWIDE
Awards add to $37 million committed since 1998, resulting in 290 neighborhood fields
Community organizations, schools and parks in 15 cities across the country will receive grants totaling $2.5 million to build or refurbish neighborhood fields through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, it was announced today.
More than $37 million in grants have been awarded to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods since the NFL partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development organization, in 1998. For the past 15 years, Grassroots grants have supported the construction or renovation of more than 290 fields nationwide.
Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.
The 2013 funding cycle will include new fields, or field enhancements, in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Covington, KY; Green Bay, WI; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; New Haven, CT; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; and Seattle, WA.
“The NFL Foundation is pleased to continue its work with LISC in improving the quality, safety and accessibility of fields in communities nationwide,” said Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, Chairman of the NFL Foundation. “The revitalization of these fields will provide safe places for communities to come together, “Play 60” and enjoy the many benefits of sports participation.”
NFL CELEBRATES BARLEY SHEAF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WINNER OF NFL PLAY 60 BUS CONTEST
New York Giants and New York Jets Players Bring More Than $50,000 in New Playground and Equipment
The NFL PLAY 60 bus made a special stop today at Barley Sheaf Elementary School in Flemington, N. J. The school is this year’s winner of the national NFL PLAY 60 Bus Contest.
NEW YORK GIANTS players STEVIE BROWN and JAMEEL McCLAIN, along with NEW YORK JETS players DAVID NELSON, TANNER PURDUM, RYAN QUIGLEY, and KYLE WILSON in addition to members of the Jets Flight Crew, boarded the PLAY 60 bus to deliver $50,000 in new fitness equipment and a new playground to the elementary school, donated by the NFL.
“On behalf of the Barley Sheaf School community, I would like to thank the NFL for its generosity. It’s a delight to welcome such positive role models who take an active role in supporting education and the whole school community,” said Dr. Becky Hutto, Barley Sheaf School Principal.
Thousands of communities entered the NFL PLAY 60 Bus Contest by writing a short essay and submitting a photo on www.NFLRUSH.com, describing how the NFL PLAY 60 bus could help the youth in their town be more active.
The winning entry, submitted by a member of the school’s parent council, detailed Barley Sheaf Elementary School’s limited play space for children with special needs.
“Around 25 percent of the children that use this playground have special needs including cerebral palsy, autism and downs syndrome,” said parent teacher organization treasurer, Amy McKenna. “They need this playground to help with motor skills, perceptual skills, strengthening and most importantly, self-esteem and peer interactions.”
To help students of all abilities get active and PLAY 60, NFL players and Jets Flight Crew members led students through an NFL PLAY 60 PE class.
In addition to the event at Barley Sheaf Elementary School, the NFL sent special NFL PLAY 60 activity kits to runner-up schools and communities that entered the contest.
About NFL PLAY 60:
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations. PLAY 60 also is implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $300 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. The NFL and its teams have built more than 175 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into more than 73,000 schools nationwide since the campaign launched. All 32 clubs activate PLAY 60 locally, with more than 2,000 NFL PLAY 60 events held annually. For more information, visit www.NFLRUSH.com/play60.
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Iconic Rainbow Candy to “Make Game Day Awesomer”
CHICAGO (MAY 20, 2014) – National Football League game days are about to get awesomer: the Skittles brand made by Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, Inc. is an official NFL sponsor.
The brand’s NFL activation plans were on display today at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago to celebrate Skittles official entry into the NFL’s roster of sponsors.
Through the sponsorship, the Skittles brand will help NFL fans make their game day celebrations awesomer this season with a series of retail and in-stadium activations. From August 1 to November 4 football fans everywhere can snap a photo of a pack of Skittles candies found on the Wrigley NFL-themed displays nationally for the chance to win one of 1,000 awesome weekly prizes. Fans should expect the unexpected as the brand prepares to celebrate the sponsorship in the months ahead.
Skittles candies are a game day staple for many of the League’s passionate fans. While Skittles made its NFL debut around Super Bowl XLVIII and this season marks the first long-term activation with the NFL, it complements a longstanding relationship between the League and the brand’s parent company, Mars Inc., whose Snickers brand has sponsored the League since 2003.
“Over the last few years, NFL fans have embraced our brand in a truly breathtaking way, and we’re very excited that this program will make it possible for us to express our appreciation in bigger and better ways,” said Matt Montei, Sr. Director of Confections and Seasonal at Wrigley. “I can’t wait for NFL fans to find all the ways that Skittles makes their game days awesomer.”
Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. Wrigley’s world-famous brands – including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, and 5™ chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers® – create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations across 50 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley’s brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, employs approximately 17,000 associates globally, and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Following is the NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar for 2014. Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program. Head coaches hired after the end of the 2013 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2014 may begin on May 12. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.
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Four-Day Program Hosted by University of Notre Dame Includes Business Pitch Competition
NFL Legends and past BM&E participants CHARLIE BATCH, DEKE COOPER, JEFF FAINE & J.R. TOLVER to Serve as Speakers and Mentors
Twenty-seven current and former NFL players will take part in the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 3-6 at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. This is one of several training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.
Participants will hear from University of Notre Dame faculty and successful business leaders. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL Legends who applied learnings from past BM&E programs to launch their own business ventures and foundations including Notre Dame alumni DEKE COOPER and JEFF FAINE, as well as CHARLIE BATCH and J.R. TOLVER. Faine and BRADY QUINN, a fellow Notre Dame alumnus and past participant in the BM&E Program, were instrumental in bringing the program to Notre Dame for the first time in 2013.
The program—developed jointly with NFL Player Engagement, Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship—will cover topics such as financial literacy and analysis, investing for impact, and business plan development. Attendees will receive mentoring from Batch, Cooper, Faine and Tolver as well as the Irish Angels, a select group of investors within the Notre Dame community who advise and invest in start-ups. Throughout the four days, participants will work in groups to develop and deliver a business plan for the Business Pitch Competition that closes out the program.
“We believe in a shared responsibility to prepare our players for career opportunities after their NFL playing experience,” said Kimberly Fields, Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “This program provides education, mentoring, and hands-on experience for those looking to succeed in the business world.”
“It is a pleasure again to have the opportunity to work with the NFL in presenting the Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program,” said Paul Slaggert, Director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education at Notre Dame. “The ability to work with current and former NFL players who want to give back by starting or investing in new ventures that benefit their communities is extremely gratifying.”
Players will be live blogging throughout the program, documenting their experience on www.NFLPE.sportsblog.com. Following is a list of participating players:
|ANDY ALLEMAN||Former (KC, MIA, NO)|
|ANTHONY ARMSTRONG||Free Agent|
|BRIAN ARNFELT||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|ZANE BEADLES||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|KEITH BROOKING||Former (ATL, DAL, DEN)|
|SHAUN CODY||Former (DET, HOU)|
|VONTAE DAVIS||Indianapolis Colts|
|JEROME FELTON||Minnesota Vikings|
|BRANDON FIELDS||Miami Dolphins|
|VINCENT FULLER II||Former (DET, TEN)|
|ANDRE GURODE||Oakland Raiders|
|JEFFREY “J.J.” JANSEN||Carolina Panthers|
|JOSH MARTIN||Kansas City Chiefs|
|TIM MASTHAY||Green Bay Packers|
|KEVIN MC DERMOTT||San Francisco 49ers|
|RYAN MUNDY||Chicago Bears|
|TORRANCE (MORAN) NORRIS||Former (DET, HOU, NO, SF)|
|ERIC OLSEN||Free Agent|
|MICHAEL PALMER||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|JOE REITZ||Indianapolis Colts|
|DUNTA ROBINSON||Free Agent|
|BRYAN SCOTT||Free Agent|
|AUSTIN SPITLER||Miami Dolphins|
|WILL SVITEK||New England Patriots|
|DARRYL TAPP||Detroit Lions|
|DE MARCUS WARE||Denver Broncos|
|SAM YOUNG||Jacksonville Jaguars|
About NFL Player Engagement
NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at http://www.nflplayerengagement.com.
About Stayer Center for Executive Education
Founded in 1980, the University of Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, located in the No. 1 ranked Mendoza College of Business, provides leaders in the executive and management ranks with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills. The Stayer Center for Executive Education is dedicated to developing leaders who succeed in today’s global business world and are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the Stayer Center emphasizes values-centered leadership plus strategic thinking. The Stayer Center offers non-degree programs in 10 countries (including open-enrollment, custom and online) and the Executive MBA degree program (No. 15 ranked) in South Bend and Chicago awarding about 120 degrees annually. All these programs are designed to meet a range of career and lifetime goals, for individuals as well as organizations.
About the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship
Located in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1998 for the purpose of fostering innovation and infusing aspiring Notre Dame entrepreneurs with a sense of the possible. Through rigorous coursework, its annual business plan competition, conferences, extensive networking and mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities, the Center provides students, alumni and faculty members with the knowledge and skills vital to entrepreneurship. Gigot develops individuals who have a vision for a startup, as well as “intrapreneurs” who seek to bring innovation to an existing business. In keeping with the Mendoza College mission to Ask More of Business™, the Gigot Center actively supports the social entrepreneur who uses business skills and knowledge to serve the greater good.