Patriots fan JAMES GALE was chosen as this year's NFL PLAY 60 Super Kid, it was announced today. On February 5, he will hand the game ball to a game official moments before kick off of Super Bowl XLVI in front of thousands of fans at Lucas Oil Stadium and a worldwide television audience on NBC.
More than 10,000 young fans nationwide entered the NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest online at NFLRUSH.com, the NFL's official website for kids. To be eligible, they pledged to be active for 60 minutes a day and answered questions about the importance of health and fitness.
Gale's answers focused on Patriots wide receiver WES WELKER and how he inspires him to be fit. As Gale wrote, "[Welker] shows that you don't have to be the biggest or fastest to be the best. He uses all of his talents and brains to be the best receiver in the NFL."
Gale, 11, received a surprise today during a visit to Gillette Stadium when, Welker walked on-field to congratulate Gale in-person. Gale will be a special guest of the Patriots at tomorrow's AFC Divisional Playoff game, where he will run the ball on-field before kick off.
Gale learned the importance of good health at a young age. As he wrote in his contest entry, "I grew up in Liberia, West Africa and didn't get good nutrition as a little kid. I was adopted and moved to the U.S. when I was five. With good food and exercise, I have strong muscles and I'm one of the fastest kids at my school. I play baseball and basketball but football is my favorite. I hope to play in the NFL some day." Gales lived in Massachusetts before moving with his family to North Carolina recently.
During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, Gale will be a part of NFL PLAY 60 Kids' Day at the NFL Experience interactive theme park, and will participate in NFL FLAG skills and drills as well as a youth football clinic.
As the exclusive youth promotional partner of NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest, Cartoon Network will feature James on-air and online and will be on-site at the Super Bowl to capture his incredible experience as the NFL Super Kid. Cartoon Network promoted the contest across all linear and digital platforms, including CartoonNetwork.com, a premiere youth entertainment destination.
Thirty-three additional local NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest winners were also announced today. They will receive an NFL PLAY 60 prize pack and two tickets to a 2012 regular season game in their local NFL-team market. A full list of winners is below.
The NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest, in its fifth year, is part of NFL PLAY 60 which challenges kids across the country to get active for 60 minutes a day. At NFLRUSH.com, the NFL's official website for kids, youngsters can set fitness goals, get tips from NFL pros and share ideas for staying active for 60 minutes a day.
About NFL PLAY 60
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFLRUSH.com/play60.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network has long been a leader, as well as committed participant, in pro-social initiatives that motivate and empower kids to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. the ad-supported cable service, currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, offers the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families and is now available in HD.
Selections by Team
Arizona Cardinals: Keenan Andrus
Atlanta Falcons: Caitlin O'Neill
Baltimore Ravens: Malcolm Terry
Buffalo Bills: Sierra Hinds
Carolina Panthers: Zane Wilson
Chicago Bears: Brock Lewis
Cincinnati Bengals: Jack Jeffcoat
Cleveland Browns: Ian Layhew
Dallas Cowboys: Jaydon Trigg
Denver Broncos: Cade Bender
Detroit Lions: Tyler Sladick
Green Bay Packers: Sidney Moerchen
Houston Texans: Evan Kelly
Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Golliher
Jacksonville Jaguars: Shannon Lahey
Kansas City Chiefs: Trevon Alexander
Miami Dolphins: Logan Armstrong
Minnesota Vikings: Leo Draveling
New England Patriots: James Gale
New Orleans Saints: Jalen Williams
New York Giants: Vincent Macaluso
New York Jets: Andrew Gomes
Oakland Raiders: Zachary Koehn
Philadelphia Eagles: Lauren Lofton
Pittsburgh Steelers: Charlie Ferguson
San Diego Chargers: Andrew Franco
San Francisco 49ers: Lyndsey Burrow
Seattle Seahawks: Kassandra Ward
St. Louis Rams: Alex Adams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Neely
Tennessee Titans: Christian Aguiare
Washington Redskins: Aaron White
Non-Team Market: Dejon Stutz
Non-Team Market: Bradley Larrington