“It was a chance of a lifetime!” exclaimed Ashlynn, one of the 16 hand-picked Clay Elementary students, when referring to the virtual visit they earned with NFL™ players Prince Amukamara and David Montgomery through NFL Play 60. Clay Elementary PE teacher, Taylor Bowie, has implemented the NFL Play 60 program enabling Clay students to earn the title of Touch Down School and the opportunity for a virtual visit with an NFL player. Clay Elementary was the only Iowa school that earned that recognition. 

NFL PLAY 60 is the league’s national youth health and wellness campaign to encourage kids to get physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Over the past decade, the NFL has partnered with leading academic, scientific and nonprofit organizations, including the Midwest Dairy Council® to help children of all abilities lead healthier, active lives. Mr. Bowie thanked the Midwest Dairy Council, NFL Play 60 and Clay Elementary Principal, Mrs. Morris for organizing and supporting this incredible opportunity. 

Clay students were very fortunate to get the opportunity to talk with and ask questions of two NFL players during their virtual visit. They had prepared thoughtful questions to ask and listened intently. Brooklynn, a Clay fourth grade student asked, “How did you achieve your goals and what advice would you give to us to achieve our goals?” After Prince showed his Super Bowl™ ring, he answered that he hadn’t achieved his goals yet. He also shared that you can determine your future by 3 things: The books you read, the words you use and the company you keep. After the call ended, Mrs. Morris and the students discussed this advice. Clay 4th Grader, Sam, shared, “This was a good chance to get their advice and now we can pass it on to our siblings and teammates.”

Clay second-grader, Peyton asked, “What other sports did you play growing up?” Both men shared that they played several different sports and previous ISU football player, David Montgomery proudly shared that he was also an Eagle Scout. The students took note that playing different sports and having several interests helped the players to succeed. 

The sixteen students were chosen after submitting a paper explaining why they should be picked and having shown leadership skills during this school year. Congratulations on earning this incredible experience!