NFL Play 60 and All Poly Sports teamed up to bring the professional football league’s football camp for children to Dixie High.
The NFL Play 60 program was created by the National Football League in 2007 to fight against childhood obesity by encouraging children to get outside and play for at least 60 minutes a day.
As part of the program, NFL Play 60 football camps are held all over the country, and one of those camps came to St. George for the first time Saturday.
The collaborative effort between All Poly Sports, which operated Friday’s Nike SPARQ combine at Snow Canyon High, and the NFL, put together an event for St. George children to focus on the league’s goal to get children active, said Geoff Lee, director of Saturday’s NFL Play 60 event.
“(We hope) to get kids active and raise the awareness of health,” Lee said. “As the name implies, play 60 minutes of anything every day. It’s the first time that NFL players and an NFL Play 60 event has been staged in St. George, so it’s a neat thing for the kids.”
Former NFL players that visited Dixie High Saturday morning included Junior Ioane, who played for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans from 2000-2005 and Mario Fatafehi, who played with the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and Denver Broncos from 2001-2004.
“We really appreciate the time that these guys give us to make this kind of thing happen,” Lee said. “It’s a neat opportunity and a lot of fun.”
Alema Te’o, with All Poly Sports, said the organization always teams up with NFL Play 60 to put on an event following a high school athletics combine. He said it’s a fun opportunity for the Southern Utah children, and he’s happy to be a part of it.
Lee said with this being the first time the event was held in St. George, the local children responded well to it and had fun.
“I think they really liked it,” Lee said. “It’s a nice thing for them to get autographs from NFL stars and go through drills that NFL players go through. I heard a lot of comments about how they really enjoyed it.”