BC student gets field time at Vikings game

Benjamin Paintsil, a student at Excell Academy Charter in Brooklyn Center and his Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor, Aaron Hjermstad, were among the chosen youth leaders and advisors to attend the program Dec. 9. (Submitted photo)

Benjamin Paintsil, a student at Excell Academy Charter in Brooklyn Center and his Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor, Aaron Hjermstad, were among the chosen youth leaders and advisors to attend the program Dec. 9. (Submitted photo)

The Midwest Dairy Council and the Minnesota Vikings partnered to reward 17 Fuel Up to Play 60 youth leaders at the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears game on Dec. 9.

The youth leaders included Benjamin Paintsil, a student at Excell Academy Charter in Brooklyn Center.

Paintstil and the other students appeared on the field before the game and ran out of the tunnel and through the Vikings ship just before kickoff.

During the game, there was a special announcement recognizing the students and program advisors from Fuel Up to Play 60.

The program, started by the National Dairy Council and National Football League, focuses on in-school nutrition and physical activity.

Students are encouraged to complete at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and eat nutrient rich foods.

During the pre-game activities, the group also met Viktor, the Vikings mascot; Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Christine Reitsma; Ken Herbranson, a Minnesota dairy farmer, and Midwest Dairy Association’s Minnesota Division Board Chair; and Jerry Messer, a North Dakota dairy farmer and chair of Midwest Dairy Association’s Board.

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