A local middle school student from Springville is heading to Super Bowl XLVIII and getting the royal treatment along the way.
Thirteen-year-old Jarod Reese, an eighth-grader at Springville-Griffith Institute, just won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to see the Super Bowl – just by eating healthy and exercising.
“I was shocked, and I kind of thought it was a joke,” Reese said.
His healthy choices earned him over 70,000 points in the “Fuel Up to Play 60” competition and his name was chosen from the top 50 finalists.
Reese said, “At first I didn’t believe him, but then he told me to go on my e-mail and check. So I went on my e-mail and checked and, well, yeah! On the inside, I was like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!'”
He and his dad received tickets to the game, airfare, three nights in a Manhattan hotel and admission to a pre-game party. Throughout the weekend, Reese will be an ambassador for the NFL’s Play 60 program on social media.
“Tweeting and using some hashtags, so they can recognize it, then send it out to all of their followers and stuff. And they want me to take some pictures of me at the Super Bowl and stuff like that… tweeting and putting it on Instagram,” Reese said.
Play 60 encourages kids to stay fit by improving nutrition and doing an hour of physical activity, every day.
Reese said, “The obesity rate in our country has been going up lately, and they kind of what to get it back down. Make sure everybody’s in better shape, so then they can live a longer life.”
But the best part of all this, for this eighth grade student?
“I’m basically just looking forward to the Broncos and Seahawks, because the Broncos are my favorite team,” Reese said.
Kids in schools all over the country take part in Fuel Up to Play 60 challenges every year. Springville-Griffith Institute is a regular participant.