MARENGO — Highland Elementary School received a $25,000 Playmakers grant, a program from UnitedHealthcare – with support from Ohio State IMG Sports Marketing and 97.1 The Fan – that promotes sports, physical activity and active play across Ohio.
Playmakers is designed to improve young Ohioans’ health and happiness by enhancing access and resources for physical activity at elementary schools (grades K through 6). According to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings, more than 33 percent of children in Ohio ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, placing the state 36th nationally.
Each week during the 2018 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 12 weekly $1,000 Playmakers grants from UnitedHealthcare.
Highland Elementary School was one of 12 finalists and on Feb. 7 the school was randomly selected as the $25,000 grand prize winner in the Playmakers finalist drawing that took place inside Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
All schools receiving a Playmakers grant must commit to use the funds in support of physical activity and active play at the school. Highland Elementary will hold an event with UnitedHealthcare before the end of the current school year and announce to the students how the grant will be used by the school.
“We believe when you improve your health, you improve your life,” said Kurt Lewis, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Ohio. “Physical activity is a vital aspect of a child’s life. To ensure this takes place we teamed up with Ohio State IMG Sports Marketing and 97.1 the Fan to provide the tools and resources to encourage physical activity.”
Playmakers provides an opportunity for friends, families and the public to nominate their favorite elementary school for a valuable donation that will help enhance children’s health and well-being. People nominated elementary schools by visiting www.buckeyeplaymakers.com and entering the sweepstakes. The Playmakers program will return in 2019.
UnitedHealthcare serves more than two million Ohioans with a network of 266 hospitals and more than 69,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.