February 28, 2011


It was a rowdy pep rally at Brawner Intermediate School led by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee.  The NFL player, who just completed his rookie season, headlined the “Fuel Up to Play 60” event on February 25, 2011.


Lee encouraged the students to eat nutritious meals, study hard, and “play 60.”  He spoke about his own experiences overcoming challenges as well as ways that he eats right and exercises to remain physically fit.  The Cowboy also challenged the students to prepare for upcoming state TAKS tests by getting plenty of rest and eating good meals.


A native of Pennsylvania, Lee played football under legendary college coach Joe Paterno at Penn State.  He was drafted by the Cowboys in 2010.  During the season, Lee was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance on December 5, when he intercepted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning twice – and returned one pick for a touchdown.


Also attending the event was Angela Olige, assistant commissioner for food and nutrition programs at Texas Department of Agriculture.  The state official previously visited Granbury in July 2010 to observe the Healthy Kids summer lunch program.


The pep rally also included teachers serving as cheerleaders to pump up the students.
Brawner will receive a $3,000 grant to purchase healthy snacks and physical education equipment.

Fuel Up to Play 60Fuel Up to Play 60 is a school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Dairy MAX, the sponsor of the event, is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Dairy Council and funded by the dairy farming families in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and southwest Kansas.  The group promotes dairy’s lifelong health benefits and enjoyment of nutrient-rich foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt, as supported by the US dietary guidelines.

The Brawner event marked the second visit by a Cowboys player in a week.  Backup quarterback Stephen McGee was at Mambrino School on February 18 for a TAKS pep rally.

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