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Celebrate Back to Football Friday

Posted by Taylor Price on September 7, 2011 – 6:24 PM

Back to Football Friday begins this week with a wide range of activities that will result in schools earning valuable grant money and NFL fans winning prizes.

Starting now and continuing through Kickoff weekend (September 8-12), the NFL and United Way are teaming up to celebrate the start of the football season with the return of the Back to Football Friday campaign. Back to Football Friday is a way for communities nationwide to show their excitement for the return of the NFL season by planning a unique event in their community, at the workplace or school to support youth health and wellness.

Schools will be asked to submit photos of their Back to Football Friday event and answer brief essay questions for the chance to win a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for fitness equipment and an NFL team celebration at their school. More than 30 winning schools will be selected as “NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools,” one in each of the 32 NFL markets, and two at-large winners.

Administrators from participating schools can enter the Back to Football Friday contest at www.NFLRUSH.com/BackToFootball

When local Play 60 Super Schools are announced later in the season, fans will be encouraged to continuously show their team pride and incorporate health and wellness into their daily lifestyle as part of the 49ers Play 60 movement.

49ers fans also may take their team loyalties to work on Friday, September 9, by wearing their favorite gear or planning a special office event to celebrate the return of the football season. Working with United Way, the NFL is offering fans the chance to show their passion by creating their own virtual touchdown dance, entering the Extreme Cubicle Makeover Contest and taking the United Way Healthy Kids Pledge—for the chance to win NFL Shop gift cards and even tickets to Super Bowl XLVI. Companies and individuals can register to take part at www.backtofootball.org

As a supporter of Back to Football Friday, Dick’s Sporting Goods is providing special retail offers for NFL fans who participate in a celebration, as well as a $500 gift certificate to each of the NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools.

The 49ers fan with the most pride and team spirit has the chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI. 49ers fans can help support their team by pledging their faithfulness at http://liveunited.org/page/s/united-ways-healthy-kids-pledge.

Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like United Way.  Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $200 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for PSAs.

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12 Responses to “Celebrate Back to Football Friday”

  1. By Gazza on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    It is a shame that these promo’s are only for USA as there are a lot of fans in Australia and worldwide that would love the chance to win tickets to Superbowl

  2. By Anapela Eaton on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a faithful fan ever since I first came to this country back in the 80′s. The first footbal game I ever watched was the Niners against the Denver Broncos. I’ve loved the Niners then when they won back to back Super Bowls and still I would’nt jump the wagon even now..True fans stick with thier teams win or loose!!!

  3. By Danny Bilski on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith….I have faith in your abilities and know that if you play your game along with the rest of the 49ers that this will be your most successful season by far….stay strong and get it done….GO 9ERS!!!

  4. By pekelo44 on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Exactally what I’ve been saying to myself anytime anyone questioned me about Alex Smith and what will the niners do this season Danny. I am excited for all the 49ers and fans this season, cause we are hungry. Not just trying to make a coach happy that is only part of it, you gotta make the the fellow players happy and the fans from the old to the young and expecially the coaches or else you will never play but no pressure. GO NINERS!!

  5. By Erica on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Football season is here, can’t wait to prove all these hatred wrong. This is our year. Go Niners! Alex Smith will prove everyone wrong. This is are year, I can feel it. We are making it to the super bowl, and if we do I’m going to be there cheering in the stands.

  6. By bizzle on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    I truly want to believe in the team, only time will tell. I want them to be contender not just with our division,but with all.That will make ne Once again a true beleiver. GO 9ERS.

  7. By Fan on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    The 49ers are only going to go as far as Smith will take them until he gets benched and hopefully that will be after week two. That will give the offense and the new qb one road game against what should be an average defense on the road in the Bengals and get ready for a road game against the Eagles. I for one am done with the Alex Smith experience. Everybody says this is his year and give him a chance. He has had plenty and everybody says he had a new O C every year. lets look at that. Mike Mccarthy, Norv Turner, Mike Martz just a couple names that stand out. 2 Super Bowl winners and another great football coach and the one constant was Smith. He couldnt learn how to even be a decent qb with these great minds around him. any qb would love to play for one of these guys and he played for three and is at best a third string qb. Im done with him and cant wait to see who is next.

  8. By big 49 fan on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    I agree-Long time fan of the 49niners- What were and are they thinking keeping Alex Smith!!!

  9. By Tarcules on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think this game will mark the begining of “The Dynasty Second Edition” if Mr Donte Whitner has the ability to contain Seahawks TE Mr Miller i.e. on the 3rd downs and adjust quickly to the deep threats once the Seahawk Coaches changes the quick slant pases to a few deep shots. Mr Whitner watch the Fake pumps! If Mr Whitner can manage the secondary on playcalling to help the young Niner Secondary at the line of scrimage and shows the NFL there is a NEW Niner secondary in the house, Niners will be in the TOP 5 defenses of the league. Historicaly the Niner defense breaks down in the secondary.

    On the other side of the ball, The Packer/Saint game last night showed how a QB reacts to the pressure by timing and mobility. Rogers would throw ball before receiver would even turn around and not have receiver wait for ball thrown. Rogers would take snap do a split second scan down field and throw
    (1.5 seconds motion/decision) this gives the Oline a chance to end strong late in the 4th quarter. How ever we end, it is game by game and I’ll be at edge on my seat all season, CHEERS to all my Niner fanatics! GO NINERS!!

  10. By Larry on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    good to have Crabtree back but I don’t think he should start. Other people have worked hard and should get the start. Crabtree should play when the time is right and he is ready.

  11. By ogre on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    All of the pieces are in place: coaching, off. and def. and sp. teams. This is Alex’s to win or lose! It does take a team effort. Niners have the talent now!
    Execution, complete focus, communication, “bring out the BEAST”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By jrparker on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    Last year we had the team to win our division, but lacked the coaching. This year we have a better club on both sides of the ball and have much better coaching. If we stay healthy we will make the playoffs.

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