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NFL Join the Team: Back to Football Friday


On Friday, September 10, 2010, in every city and small town across the country, the passion for NFL football teams will be on full display. In schools, office buildings, and local stores nationwide, every person will celebrate the first weekend of the new NFL season by wearing their favorite team’s gear.

This fall the NFL and United Way are teaming up for Back to Football Friday, a first-of-its-kind campaign to make youth health and wellness a nationwide priority. We are encouraging fans of all ages to show their NFL team pride at work and in school on Friday, September 10th, in celebration of the start of the NFL season and to join our efforts to end childhood obesity.


Individuals can support United Way youth health and wellness by wearing their favorite football gear to work and encouraging their colleagues to do the same. The employer or group of individuals that show the most NFL team pride will receive an office celebration hosted by the NFL.

REGISTER NOW: BacktoFootball-UnitedWay


The 34 schools across the nation that show the most NFL team pride will be selected as NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools. The winning schools will receive a visit from a real NFL player and a $10,000 health and wellness grant.

REGISTER NOW: BacktoFootball-NFLRush


Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Olympic superstar Usain Bolt are planning on having a running race for charity, but they have yet to decide a distance.  Johnson had a record time at the NFL combine at 4.24 seconds, and Bolt is the world record-holder for 100m so they are hoping to find some common ground: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4794525

Amid all of the other priorities that football players have this time of year, three players of the New York Giants found time to give back to their own charities and provide cheer or inspiration to those who need them: http://blog.nj.com/njv_mark_diionno/2009/12/charitable_work_by_ny_giants_g.html

Buffalo Bills LB Chris Draft visited hospitalized children on Monday as part of a football clinic:  http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Draft-visits-with-special-children/5caca92e-6e14-495c-a330-1b678666dd7c

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packer and University of Michigan alumnus, has pledged $2 million to University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. This will help provide funding for research in the The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund for the hospital that will open in 2012. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4691757

A few members of the Buffalo Bills, including Terrell Owens and Chris Draft, went over to Buffalo City Mission to help serve Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate and also to count their own blessings: http://www.wivb.com/dpp/living/Bills-help-serve-meal-at-City-Mission

Drew Brees has recently partnered with Warner Bros. to commemorate his achievement of passing 5,000 yards in a season by selling lithographs with all proceeds going to Brees Dream Foundation and New Orleans Saints charities.   Details can on how you can purchase one of these lithographs can be found here: http://www.drewbrees.com/program_detail.cfm?id=13

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