EUCLID, Ohio — The hard work of some Euclid middle school students was awarded Tuesday with a visit from the Cleveland Browns.
Forest Park Middle School students were the grand prize winners of the NFL Play 60 Initiative, a six-week challenge to motivate local seventh and eighth grade students to eat healthy and be physically active for 60 minutes each day.
The students logged 1.7 million minutes — which is 29,213 hours — of physical activity as part of the challenge.
As their reward, the Browns held an assembly with a touchdown dance contest and an ultimate gym class for the 344 students who completed the challenge.
Players like Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, defensive lineman John Hughes and linebacker Craig Robertson congratulated the students and talked about the importance of health and wellness.
“The kids are happy about eating healthy, and they didn’t know how important it is,” said Jabaal Sheard, Browns defensive lineman. “They definitely learned something today, and I think all kids are going to eat their greens. They obviously enjoy gym time. They’re playing around, and I think they’ll try to eat more healthy. They were glad to see us today.”
The program was part of a partnership with the American Heart Association, Medical Mutual, Cleveland Clinic, the American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60.