The Rise Up 159! Launch Event was held in Atlanta in August 2017. WCMS Coach Mitch Mitchell and teacher Jodi Mitchell attended the event to learn more about the Rise Up 159! program. The event was hosted by the Atlanta Falcons.
The Rise Up 159! Launch Event is the first of its kind. During this event, attendees from the participating schools received free training on the NFL FLAG Football equipment that was presented to each school. Physical Education teachers were hands-on in learning how to use this equipment and instruct students in executing correct skills and plays associated with flag football. The main goal of the entire workshop was to ensure that every student has a positive experience with flag football with a focus on FUN!
The Atlanta Falcons are the first NFL team to partner up with Play 60 initiative by providing additional resources and funds to middle and elementary schools in their state. Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay spoke about Rise Up 159! and during the closing remarks, it was announced that Governor Deal made August 21-25 flag football week in the state of Georgia.
Below are pictures from the event.