WILMINGTON — East End Elementary School in Wilmington announced Friday it has received a $4,000 grant as part of PLAYMAKERS, a program from UnitedHealthcare – with support from Ohio State IMG Sports Marketing and 97.1 The Fan – to promote sports, physical activity and active play at the school.
PLAYMAKERS is designed to improve young Buckeyes’ health and happiness by enhancing access and resources for physical activity at elementary schools (grades K-6) across Ohio. According to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings, more than 31 percent of children in Ohio ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, placing the state 32nd nationally.
Each week during the 2017 Ohio State football season, people across the state had the chance to enter and win an Ohio State prize package that included autographed merchandise and the opportunity to designate an Ohio elementary school of their choice to receive one of 13 weekly $1,000 PLAYMAKERS grants from UnitedHealthcare.
East End Elementary School won the initial $1,000 grant during the regular season and on March 1 the school was randomly selected as a third-place finisher in the PLAYMAKERS finalist drawing that took place at The Ohio State University. The third-place prize was a $3,000 grant, resulting in a total grant of $4,000 awarded to East End Elementary School.
All schools receiving a PLAYMAKERS grant must commit to use the funds in support of physical activity and active play at the school.