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MNU Sports Management Students Help Run NFL Play 60 Event

Midwest Dairy Council and MNU Team Up

May 7, 2013

Thirty students from MNU’s sports management program assisted area elementary school children at the 2013 Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Training Camp sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Council and the Kansas City Chiefs April 30, 2013. NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition collaboration between the National Dairy Council and the NFL. The Training Camp rewards those participants who have made accomplishments through Fuel Up to Play 60 in the 2012-2013 school year.

MNU Sports Management professor Jack Jones offered students in his administration of sports management class as volunteers to work with more than 200 Kansas City area elementary students and their advisors at the event held at Arrowhead Stadium. Teams of 10 elementary students were coached by the sports management students and lead through activity stations such as the cone course, toning training and the running back station with touchdown celebration.

Senior sports management major Jacob French of Overland Park, Kan., (shown above left) says the event is one of many opportunities MNU students have for field experience and the real-world application of learning helps.

“It’s cool that the Midwest Dairy Council asked MNU to help run their event,” French said. “It was interesting to talk to the coordinator and see how they run the event and think about how I might want manage and event like this.”

KC Wolf, Chiefs cheerleaders and MNU student Matt Varhola (far right) pose with chilldren at the NFL Play 60 event at Arrowhead Stadium.

French and the other MNU students spent time getting to know the children at breakfast and lunch as well as throughout the course of events. A highlight was the appearance of Chiefs players Defensive End Mike DeVito and Punter Dustin Colquitt. The Chiefs players talked with the children about healthy eating and how to stay fit.

French, a two-time All-Conference honoree forward on MNU’s basketball team graduates this month. He says he hopes to land a summer internship in sports management and is considering playing professional basketball overseas.

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