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NFL player visits Glenwood after school wins program challenge

April 3, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Last week, the students of Boardman Glenwood Junior High School had the pleasure of a visit from a local NFL star. The members of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Club had earned the special treat.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a new club at Glenwood this year. It is a team effort between the National Football League NFL), the National Dairy Council and participating schools. The concept is to get students up and moving by fueling up with healthy food and snack choices and then getting enough physical exercise.

Last fall, as part of the program, members of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Club submitted a video of the students playing flag football.

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Posing during a special assembly at Glenwood Junior High School on March 27 are members of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Club, in front row: Tim Combis, Jordyn Ford-Braithwaite, Sloane McNally, Danielle Siembida and Eric Diefenderfer. In back row are: Anthony DeMain, Ben Zilavy, Kamryn Duritza, Audrey Anderson, special NFL guest Daniel 'Boom' Herron, Alexis Mihok, Josh Zilavy, and Zach Gansor.

"Our students made the video, our club put it together and submitted it," said physical education instructor and Fuel Up advisor Danielle Siembida. "We were one of six schools across the U.S. to be selected for a visit from an NFL player."

Selected to visit Boardman was Warren G. Harding native Daniel "Boom" Herron. He played for Ohio State, then went on to play with the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapois Colts and the Buffalo Bills. Herron gave a short talk to the entire Glenwood student body, encouraging them to make good decisions.

"You have to make sure your health is right," Herron said. "There are some bad foods out there. Take care of and respect each other, and respect your teachers."

After Herron was done addressing the crowded gymnasium, he had the honor of referee-ing the seventh and eighth grade student and staff basketball game.

Helping on the sidelines were the club members in their Fuel Up T-shirts.

"Our students are really enjoying the Fuel Up to 60 opportunities," Siembida said.

The club members normally attend the morning open gym and meetings.



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