John­son gets flag foot­ball gear from Fal­cons

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The Rise Up! 159 kits in­clude flag belts, re­versible jer­seys, foot­balls, water bot­tles and T-shirts.

To cel­e­brate NFL Flag Foot­ball Week in Ge­or­gia, the At­lanta Fal­cons Youth Foun­da­tion un­veiled flag foot­ball equip­ment do­na­tions to ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools in ev­ery one of the state’s 159 coun­ties last week, in­clud­ing John­son Ele­men­tary School.

Through the new ini­tia­tive, Rise Up! 159, the Fal­cons are do­nat­ing NFL flag foot­ball kits for use in PE classes at 80 ele­men­tary schools and 79 mid­dle schools. The kits in­clude 50 flag belts and Fal­cons NFL flag re­versible jer­seys, foot­balls, water bot­tles, T-shirts and other sup­plies.

Dur­ing this school year, PE teach­ers at the 159 schools will use NFL flag foot­ball cur­ric­ula to in­crease the time chil­dren spend in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. The ini­tia­tive will reach more than 30,000 boys and girls in Ge­or­gia schools.

“The Fal­cons emailed John­son Ele­men­tary ask­ing if we would like to par­tic­i­pate. They were choos­ing one school per county and we jumped at the chance,” said Tanya Welchel, John­son Ele­men­tary School’s in­terim prin­ci­pal. “The pur­pose of the pro­gram is to pro­mote phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in our schools. We are look­ing for­ward to us­ing the equip­ment when our new P.E. teacher, Meg In­scoe, im­ple­ments her flag foot­ball unit. John­son is proud to sup­port phys­i­cal fit­ness and our At­lanta Fal­cons.”

“Rise Up! 159 brings chil­dren from ev­ery Ge­or­gia county into the Fal­cons fam­ily” said Mark Sim­mons, an At­lanta Fal­cons as­so­ciate and part of the staff team that re­views and awards grants. “NFL Flag Foot­ball el­e­vates the fun fac­tor for P.E. classes, and that means more chil­dren will spend more time in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

To im­ple­ment Rise Up! 159, the Fal­cons are part­ner­ing with Ge­or­gia Shape, Gov. Nathan Deal’s statewide ini­tia­tive that brings to­gether gov­ern­men­tal, phil­an­thropic, aca­demic and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress child­hood obe­sity.

In the of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion des­ig­nat­ing the week of Aug. 21 as NFL Flag Foot­ball Week in Ge­or­gia, Deal rec­og­nized that NFL flag foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion has in­creased 19 per­cent an­nu­ally since 2011, and over the past two years the Fal­cons have trained 400 PE teach­ers in 9 school districts to im­ple­ment the NFL Flag Foot­ball cur­ricu­lum.

“Rise Up! 159 is a gamechanger,” said Dr. J. Pa­trick O’Neal, com­mis­sioner of the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health, which ad­min­is­ters Ge­or­gia Shape. “In­creased phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity re­sults in fewer dis­ci­plinary in­ci­dents, teach­ers see more in­struc­tional time, and stu­dents are bet­ter pre­pared to learn.”

A new web site, www. RiseUp159.org, in­cludes a map with in­for­ma­tion about the 159 school part­ners as well as fu­ture fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

John­son Ele­men­tary School stu­dents, along with their PE teacher Meg In­scoe, show off their NFL flag foot­ball kits do­nated by the At­lanta Fal­cons Youth Foun­da­tion

John­son Ele­men­tary School coun­selor Shamika McClen­don and PE teacher Meg In­scoe hold up the Rise Up! 159 T-shirts.

Pho­tos by Lenora McEn­tire, Floyd County Schools

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