NFL PLAY 60 and United Way Team Up to Help Chicago Youth Stay Active as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month


In honor of its ongoing commitment to serving U.S. Hispanic fans, youth, families and communities, the National Football League is teaming up with United Way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of NFL PLAY 60 youth service projects in Chicago, Denver and Philadelphia. The events are designed to provide kids in predominately Hispanic communities with opportunities to increase physical activity and learn more about healthy food options.

In Chicago, the NFL is teaming up with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council to provide Thomas Kelly High School with a renovated fitness center utilized by the school’s sports teams and P.E. classes. Thomas Kelly High School, located in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, serves students in grades 9-12, 93.4% of whom are low income and 82.7% Hispanic.

On Tuesday, September 17, Chicago Bear Roberto Garza is joining the school’s varsity and junior-varsity football teams for a morning of education, fun, and a little bit of heavy lifting. Garza will facilitate a morning pep talk on the importance of healthy living and education, followed by painting of the fitness center and a demonstration of his favorite strength-training moves with the players. The updated fitness center, once complete, will house new weight equipment as well as freshly-painted walls showing off the school’s colors.