(Tracy, California)—Inglewood Unified School District has received $10,000 in funding to expand student health and wellness with a partnership between the Los Angeles Rams and California dairy families through the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program.
The $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ was awarded during a special school assembly at Highland Elementary School on Oct. 10, where students learned about the importance of fueling up with healthy foods and getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day from Rams player Cornelius Lucas, members of the cheerleading team and Rams mascot, Rampage.
“To have this partnership means much to our District. This event underscores our efforts to provide a sound educational program that includes sports, fitness, exercise and good nutrition,” said Dr. Jacqueline Landrum Sanderlin, Executive Director, School and Community Relations for Inglewood Unified School District. “We realize the importance of the whole child and having California dairy families and the Los Angeles Rams assist us with showcasing the importance of this makes our work matter.”
The ‘Hometown Grant’ award means students in the Inglewood Unified School District will join the 13 million students who are eating healthier, 16 million students who are being more active and 130,000 adults who are enrolled and empowering youth in the United States through the national FUTP 60 Program.
“We know kids who are well nourished and physically active do better in school. Our dairy farm families have long committed resources to educating kids about healthy eating and increasing student access to healthy foods, including milk and dairy. This partnership with the Los Angeles Rams helps get them excited about both eating well and getting the 60 minutes a day of physical activity that will help them perform better in school and life,” said Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for the California Milk Advisory Board/Real California Milk.
Developed by FUTP 60 and the National Football League (NFL), the ‘Hometown Grant’ program provides teams and farmer funded dairy organizations like Real California Milk with the opportunity to identify deserving schools and school districts and provide them with funding to help meet their health and wellness goals. Each of the 32 NFL Clubs are partnering with FUTP 60 and local dairy representatives to provide $10,000 grants in communities throughout the country totaling a $320,000 investment in youth health and wellness.
“Assisting Inglewood Unified School District and the students they serve is a priority for the Los Angeles Rams,” said Molly Higgins, Vice President of Community Affairs and Engagement, Los Angeles Rams. “Through our partnership with the California dairy farm families and Fuel Up to Play 60, we are thrilled to be able to deliver this financial support to Inglewood Unified, but just as importantly, we are excited about the long-term effects of empowering these students to live healthier and more active lives.”
“This grant is highly appreciated and very much needed to support our ongoing efforts to provide a strong physical fitness program for our scholars and assist us with the proper equipment for each of them. Being awarded this grant is proof that anything is possible when we work together for the benefit of our students,” said Dr. Sanderlin.
Created in partnership by the NFL and National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s leading in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools nationwide since its launch in 2009. The national in-school nutrition and physical-activity program is activated in California by the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families. Since fall 2014, FUTP 60 has helped to award more than $465,000 in grants and resources to schools throughout California in support of their wellness goals.