I like the sounds of this NFL "Back to Football Friday" program for this coming September. The details for your school are here: http://www.nflrush.com/footballfriday

Basically, on the Friday before the NFL season starts (September 10th), schools across the country are encouraged to put together a spirit day of their own choosing to kick off the season. The more creative the better. The more physically active the better.

And the NFL will provide some tools and templates (look for a Back to Football Friday poster in your August issue of PTO Today magazine) to help you make it even better. $10,000 grants for schools that do the best job aren’t bad either.

There’s a lot I like about this idea: 1. It comes at a good time, a Friday right when the back-to-school season is finishing up for many schools. Lots of seriousness (new teachers, new assignments, new homework policies) followed by some fun. 2. It’s extremely flexible, which is always good for PTOs and for school schedules. Before school, after-school, during school. Contests, activities, decorations. It’s all up to you and your group and your school. And 3. Did I mention the $10,000 NFL Play 60 grants?

If you’re looking for a hook for an early-season fun school activity, this new NFL initiative may be just the fit. That link again is: http://www.nflrush.com/footballfriday