The Southeast Dairy Association and Carolina Panthers empower youth to choose more nutritious foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and to commit to 60 minutes of physical exercise every day through the national Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The collaboration combines the nutrition expertise of the Southeast Dairy Association and the fitness expertise of the NFL to give children the tools and resources needed to change their personal health habits.
Learn more about the Carolina Panthers’ community involvement here, including the Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine, a free, interactive area that promotes youth fitness through a variety of football skills and drills for children and their families.
The Carolina Panthers, Domino’s Pizza of Fort Mill and Tega Cay and the Southeast Dairy Association hosted the Sir Purr-fect Pizza Recipe Contest Pep Rally January 29 at Fort Mill Middle School in Fort Mill, S.C.
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the Sir Purr-fect Pizza Recipe contest, which ran Oct. 15 through Nov. 30, aimed to promote the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle among the region’s youth. Incentives, resources and tools provided by SUDIA encouraged students to choose healthier foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods.
The pep rally celebrated a Fort Mill student as the grand prize winner of the first Sir Purr-fect Pizza Recipe Contest. The winning student and recipe were recognized at the pep rally. Representatives from Domino’s and SUDIA were joined by Panthers players Graham Gano and Josh Norman, the Top Cat cheerleaders and mascot Sir Purr at the pep rally. The players spoke to the students on the importance of eating healthy and staying active. Domino’s representatives presented $4,000 to help Fort Mill implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Tuttle Elementary (Maiden, N.C) will be awarded the $3,000 for submitting the second place recipe. West Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C) entered the third place recipe and will receive a $2,000 prize.
Fuel Up Like a Pro Contest
|The Carolina Panthers, Pet Dairies and SUDIA are hosted the Fuel Up to Play 60 Fuel Up Like a Pro Milk Contest Pep Rally on Friday, Feb. 15, at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte. Panthers Fuel Up to Play 60 representatives DeAngelo Williams and Graham Gano led student activities at the pep rally. North Carolina dairy farmer Myles Payne joined representatives from PET Dairy and SUDIA to present First Ward administrators with a check for $2,500 to help implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Northern Guilford Middle School and Marvin Ridge High School, the contest winners in the middle and high school categories, were presented $2,500 awards for their accomplishments.
The pep rally celebrated First Ward as the grand prize winner of the annual Fuel Up Like a Pro milk consumption contest. First Ward finished with the largest increase in milk consumption (41 percent) over the contest period to capture the top prize.
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the Fuel Up Like a Pro contest aimed to promote the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle among the region’s youth. Incentives, resources and tools provided by SUDIA encouraged students to choose healthier foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine is sponsored by Dairy Farm Families of the Southeast and is located on the Panthers practice field adjacent to Bank of America Stadium. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine is a free, interactive area that promotes youth fitness through a variety of football skills and drills for children and their families. Activities include the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, wide receiver/quarterback challenge, TopCats dance studio, inflatable obstacle course and others designed to get kids moving. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine also encourages kids to Fuel Up with nutrient dense foods, including low fat and fat free milk and milk products. It opens two hours prior to game time and closes 30 minutes before kickoff on game days.
My name is Sir Purr. I was born deep in the jungle and tropics of Asia. I am the official mascot of the Panthers NFL football team. I live in my lair underneath Bank of America Stadium and the field where the Panthers play. I enjoy reading, playing football, exercising, dancing with the Top Cats, pouncing on NFL quarterbacks and my favorite drink is Panther Berry Milk.
Living in Charlotte, North Carolina, I grew up watching the Panthers play football. It has always been my dream to be their mascot. When I was a young panther at Alley Kitten Elementary School, I told my friends about my dream. All of the other Alley Kittens just laughed and said “Little Purr, you can never be a mascot! Your paws are too big and your belly is too small!” I would run home with tears running down my whiskers and tell Big Daddy Purr and Momma Top Cat about the other Alley Kittens making fun of me. Big Daddy Purr and Momma Top Cat sat me down one day and told me about goals. Momma Cat said, “Lil Purr, you can do anything that you set your mind to.” Big Daddy Purr said, “Set your goal, study, work hard and get your 3 servings of Dairy a day.” From that day on, I set my goal to become the mascot of the Carolina Panthers.
Every day after school I ran home and read a book with a saucer of milk. After my homework was done, I would exercise and practice to be a mascot. No one at school ever saw me without milk in one paw and a football in the other.
Then after years of hard work, I went to University School of Purr-fection. My alley cat brain and huggable belly developed in those years and I became the UPS mascot. The Panthers saw me and recruited me to be their mascot after I graduated.
So, I had finally reached my goal. I learned that if I study and had my 3 servings of milk a day, try my hardest, good things will happen. Setting goals and drinking milk as a kitten are the first steps towards making your dreams come true.