PLYMOUTH, IN – In an effort to promote healthy living and physical activity to local families, the LifePlex paired up with the Ancilla College men’s basketball team to implement the NFL PLAY 60 program.
This campaign was launched by the NFL with intentions of encouraging children to participate in 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Through education and the importance of fitness, the mission of the program is to decrease childhood obesity.
According to owner/General Manager of the LifePlex, Mary Holm, “A long range goal is to spark an interest in living a fun, quality-filled, healthy life, and pursuing higher education. The program will serve two purposes. The first is to promote activities that will foster healthy kids. The second will provide instruction to parents on pertinent family life topics.”
While parents were educated, the Charger basketball team became role models, as they played various games with the children in attendance. Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher remarked, “We had a great time working with the kids that came out this evening. Our guys did a great job of mentoring the kids during the event and the kids had a great time hanging out with our team. I want to thank Mary Holm for inviting us out to help out with this event; hopefully we gained a few more Charger fans tonight.”
One parent who brought his daughter to the event had nothing but positive comments regarding it and the basketball team. “When I stopped by toward the end, I saw she was having a good time and didn’t want to leave yet, even though the organized part was over.The players were shooting around or playing other games with the kids and I could see all of them loved the chance to play with these college players. As we were leaving, my daughter asked when the next one would be and if any of the women’s basketball players would be there; we’ve definitely got a new Ancilla Chargers fan on board!,” stated the father.
Athletic Director, Gene Reese, added these comments, “This event that our men’s basketball team cooperated in is an example of the Ancilla College Athletic Department’s commitment to the serving in the local community. Coach Butcher and his staff understand how important it is for their players to realize the impact of helping others.”