Fifteen lucky students from West Woods Elementary in Jefferson County Public Schools had the experience of a lifetime on Wednesday, May 2, when they became Broncos VIPs for the day. The students, along with their Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor, Julie Gabler, were given exclusive access to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to celebrate their completion of the Six Steps of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
When the students from West Woods Elementary arrived, they suited up in their uniform for the day, customized Broncos jerseys. The first stop for the day was an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. The tour ended on the field where the students were met by Miles the Mascot and Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Berkleigh & Emily. On the field students got a taste of what it was like to be a part of the Denver Broncos team with fun skills and drills. The day concluded with lunch in the Fan Cave alongside the Broncos’ three Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies. To enter the contest, the school had to complete all Six Steps of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program with inclusion of the dairy food group in their healthy eating play.
- Kickoff – hold an event to get the school started in the program
- Draft Players – build a student team
- Survey the Field – assess the school environment
- Eat Healthy – improve healthy eating in the school by completing the healthy eating plays
- Game Time – take action and implement physical activity plays
- Light up the Scoreboard – share your success
While the Broncos VIP for a Day experience only takes place once a year, the importance of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the excitement generated among the students is lasting. Educating students on the benefits of eating healthy, balanced meals, particularly at breakfast, empowers them to take charge of their health and make positive decisions moving forward.