Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Helps Me Step Outside of My Comfort Zone


Submitted by Jonathan Brooks, 6th-grader, Hays-Porter School



Hays-Porter student Jonathan Brooks, state student ambassador for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, with Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard

On October 7, 2014, I attended the Fuel Up to Play 60 Training Camp at Paul Brown Stadium along with my program advisors, Mrs. Whittaker and Ms. Richardson, and my mom, who is a new program advisor. As the state student ambassador, I was honored to be selected as one of eight students to speak on a panel about my efforts and goals to encourage students to "fuel up" at Hays-Porter School.

I had an opportunity to speak in front of more than 250 program advisors from four or five different states and meet other student ambassadors. I also had an opportunity to meet Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and listen to him share his testimony about his challenges and successes growing up. I was able to relate to him in many ways as a student and young football player. He also shared why he believes in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and why it is important to eat healthy, get good exercise and promote the program among my peers and community.

Some of the Bengals cheerleaders led us in a dance to get our hearts pumping, and it was great watching my mom and my advisors have fun while exercising. I left the training camp not only with great information to share with my peers about getting pumped about living and eating healthy, but I also received an autographed football signed by Giovani Bernard.

IMG_20141007_130928Becoming a State Student Ambassador has given me so many opportunities to step outside my comfort zone and represent my family, my school and my community. Thank you, Fuel Up to Play 60, for this awesome experience!