Falcons Punter Matt Bosher to host student fitness drills during grant celebrationLAWERENCEVILLE, Georgia – As part of efforts to improve youth health and wellness, the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons will host a Hometown Grant Celebration on October 18 from 9:45-11 a.m. at Sweetwater Middle School. During that time, the Southeast Dairy Association and Falcons will provide Gwinnett County Public Schools with a $10,000 Hometown Grant to support healthy eating and physical education improvements. Falcons punter Matt Bosher and Falcons/Southeast Dairy Association support staff will host active football drills for Sweetwater students. Prior to the festivities, local dairy farm representatives will assist in a check presentation ceremony for Gwinnett County school officials. “Every year, the Southeast Dairy Association and Atlanta Falcons choose a deserving school district in Georgia to receive the grant,” said Sharon Rhodes, Southeast Dairy Association manager of school health and wellness. “We are thrilled to support the Gwinnett County schools with this grant, which will support more healthy eating opportunities. Well-nourished and physically active kids do better in school, so we are proud to assist in the school district’s efforts.” Developed by the National Football League (NFL) and Fuel Up to Play 60 in 2014, the “Hometown Grants” initiative provides grants to support physical activity and nutrition programs in school districts in all 32 NFL markets. This year, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition will join the partnership, which to date has provided nearly $1 million to schools across the country. The national commitment and 2016 program was announced September 6, during the NFL’s 2016 season kick-off in Denver, Colorado. Through the Hometown Grants program, NFL teams and state/regional dairy organizations identify deserving schools in their communities to receive funding that helps facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating programs for students. Since 2014, the program has provided more than 700 schools nationwide with funds and resources, resulting in more than 1 million students staying physically active and making healthier food choices. This year, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is joining the partnership and providing resources, such as assessment software, training tools and student recognition, to enable schools to implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the nation’s youth fitness education and assessment program. The donation is being made as part of the Foundation’s #0to60 campaign honoring the 60th anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Sweetwater Middle School is located at 3500 Cruse Road NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. For more information about the celebration, contact Joel Hall at [email protected] To join Fuel Up to Play 60 and learn more about the program, please visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com.