Friday, February 10, 2012

Young Achiever presents football at Super Bowl

Congratulations to James Gale, one of our recent Young Achievers, for winning the NFL Play 60 Super Kid contest.

James, a fifth-grader at Weddington Elementary, presented the football to officials on the 50-yard-line before kickoff at the Super Bowl.

More than 10,000 fans, ages 6-13, entered the annual nationwide contest, which required entrants to answer essay questions related to health, nutrition and fitness and to pledge to be active for 60 minutes a day.

Thirty-three youths won at the local level, receiving prize packs with two tickets to a regular-season game in their market, but James was the sole national winner.

James' week was filled with high-profile encounters. As a part of the Play 60 experience, on Jan. 30 he was also asked to visit the White House.

Photos: (Top) James Gale, center, poses with game officials including back judge Tony Steratore, right, after being named the NFL Play 60 Super Kid prior to the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Bottom) At the White House on Jan. 30, first lady Michelle Obama shows photos to James Gale. At right is James' mom, Lisa Gale.