Dairy Ambassadors Selected for 'Fuel Up' Campaign

Midwest Dairy Council, USDA, NFL partnership supports leadership initiatives for students

Published on: Jul 16, 2013

The Fuel Up to Play 60 Program has selected eighteen students to serve as national and state ambassadors and attend a National Leadership Summit on behalf of the project.

The program is a partnership between the Midwest Dairy Council, USDA and the National Football League to improve in-school physical activity and consumption of dairy as part of a healthy diet among children.

Five National Ambassadors and 54 State Ambassadors from across the country lead the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Program, which engages youth directly as leaders to increase access to nutrient-rich foods and 60 minutes of physical activity at school.

National ambassadors include: Robbie Sadoski – Manfield, Ark.; Shauna Gilles – Plainfield, Ill.; Rachael Byl – Waverly/Shell Rock, Iowa; Rachael Odhiambo – Affton, Missouri.

Midwest Dairy Council, USDA, NFL partnership supports leadership initiatives for students
Midwest Dairy Council, USDA, NFL partnership supports leadership initiatives for students

State ambassadors include: Cainin Whisenant – Morrilton, Ark.; Taylor Healy – Chicago, Ill.; Lexus Carpenter – Waverly/Shell Rock, Iowa; Jessica Usdanksy – Olathe, Kan.; Andrew Gorton – Maple Grove, Minn.; Tim Keran – Coon Rapids, Minn. ; Joey Moorkamp – Grover, Mo.; James (Solaris) Anderson – Omaha, Neb.; Gavin McCoy – Weston, Neb.; Olivia Larson – West Fargo, N.D.; Garret Holman – Locust Grove, Okla.; Lynzie Jenkins – Locust Grove, Okla.; Carolyne Burdick – Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mitch Eichacker – Sioux Falls, S.D.

Selected from a nationwide search that drew more than 1,000 applicants, these State and National Ambassadors recently returned from a four-day Student Ambassador Summit for Fuel Up to Play 60 in Charlotte, N.C.

The annual Summit brought together Fuel Up to Play 60 student leaders and adult educators who are committed to improving their school and community by eating smart and staying active.

"We are so excited to welcome this amazing group of young people into their new leadership roles," said Melissa Young, director of health and wellness for Midwest Dairy Council. "These outstanding students have shown a great passion for Fuel Up to Play 60, and we're delighted that they've chosen to inspire their peers and communities to eat healthy and get active

Fuel Up to Play 60 is active in 73,000 schools nationwide. The program also encourages and recognizes schools and students with rewards, such as a trip to the Super Bowl, official NFL gear and NFL player appearances.