Instead of heading to the end zone in an NFL game, last week players from the San Francisco 49ers helped complete the new outdoor 49ers Fitness Zone at Peterson Middle School in Santa Clara. The 49ers reportedly traded in their cleats, shoulder pads and even game faces and picked up power tools, put on smiles and helped install seats and hang two gates at the new center.
The 49er Fitness Zone features green technology, and requires no electricity or scheduled maintenance. It is designed to increase physical fitness and encourage healthy lifestyles among the youth. Several philanthropic community businesses joined the 49ers and United Healthcare in erecting the outdoor fitness zone as part of the NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle Day of Service.
The dedication of the center also correlated with the NFL’s Play 60 program, a campaign to encourage children to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.
NFL’s Play 60 Official Website
49ers Foundation Official Website
[Via Santa Clara Weekly: A Different Kind of Touchdown - 49ers Foundation and United Healthcare Join in Construction of Outdoor Fitness Center for SCUSD Students]