Former Patriots players visit Baldwin to announce wellness funds

Former Patriots players visit Baldwin to announce wellness funds

Daniela Neves gets to touch the hand of former Patriots player Ronnie Lippett as he arrives for the presentation at this year’s Hometown Grant event. Former New England Patriots players went to Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School on Sept. 5 and presented a grant to the school to help improve access to healthy school meals and revamp the outdoor playground area to promote physical activity. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

PAWTUCKET – The New England Patriots, NFL and New England Dairy & Food Council hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff community event to celebrate the start of the NFL season last Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Baldwin Elementary School.

The Patriots and New England Dairy & Food Council said they were showing continued commitment to youth health and wellness by awarding the school a $10,000 Hometown Grant and an additional $20,000 in funding from the Patriots and NFL. The funding will be go toward healthy eating and physical activity programs within the school by supporting improvements in healthy school meals and providing a makeover to the outdoor playground area.

The school-wide check presentation assembly culminated with a Play 60 clinic led by former New England Patriots players Andre Tippett, Dan Koppen, Ronnie Lippett, and Patrick Pass.

“We know that many children do not get the proper nutrition and physical activity they need to succeed, but we believe that all kids deserve an opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. That’s why the Hometown Grant program is a priority for the New England Patriots,” said Tippett, the Patriots executive director of community affairs. “It is critical that schools and communities work together to provide solutions to develop their health and wellness initiatives.”

“We are excited to celebrate the return of football with students at Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL senior vice president of social responsibility. “Being active for 60 minutes a day helps cultivate a healthier lifestyle, and the NFL is committed to providing resources that encourage physical activity in and outside the classroom.

The Fuel Up to Play 60 event was a great example of organizations and communities coming together to promote youth health and wellness, said Isaacson. Visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com for more.

Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School was expecting a check for $10,000 at the Hometown Grant Event and was surprised when they received an additional check for $20,000. Seen in the picture are former New England Patriots players, Patriot cheerleaders, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, RI Commissioner of Education Dr. Ken Wagner, Baldwin Elementary Principal Dr. Edna Coia, Jane Vergnani, nutrition specialist with New England Dairy and Food Council and others.