Ray Rice congratulates Grange Elementary


Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice visited Grange Elementary School in February to congratulate students and staff for earning a $10,000 grant after being named one of the NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools, a joint campaign with the United Way that encourages young people to get 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Rice took questions from the student representatives from each grade, and then stayed for another 45 minutes to lead a gym class.

Grange Elementary is one of only 34 schools nationwide - from more than 5,550 entrants - to receive the grant for winning Back to Football Friday, a joint campaign between the NFL and the United Way. To celebrate the start of the 2010 NFL season, fans were encouraged to demonstrate their passion for their favorite NFL team and their excitement for the upcoming season by planning a unique Back to Football Friday event for their school, all to support youth health and wellness.


Schools that entered the Back to Football Friday contest submitted photos of their event and answered brief essay questions.  

Among the photos Grange submitted was an aerial photo of the student body spelling “RAVENS” while standing in formation outside the school, which they presented to Rice in a framed picture. They also presented him with a thick book of crayon drawings and essays from students about exercise, nutrition, their favorite Ravens, and their attempts to persuade fifth grade teacher Rich York, a Steelers fan, to see the light and change his affiliation.

Officially, the school received the $10,000 check during a December event at which tight end Todd Heap was scheduled to appear. However, Heap was injured in a game just prior to his appearance and could not attend.

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