This program has been developed by the Sioux Falls Storm Pro Football Club with assistance and sponsor support from area businesses. Champions Stay in the Game is designed to aid all classifications of the student age groups (K-12) and can be offered as a tool for teachers to help kids maintain a positive image of school. For those students at the middle and upper age classroom levels, this program can help kids begin to strive and plan ahead towards completion of high school (including rewards for students that find school challenging). This program seeks to offer students positive school-related experiences and opportunities that does not necessarily depend on academic performance.
The Champions Stay In The Game initiative has five integrated components that starts with students working together as a team, on individual well-being development and community service.
1. Read to Succeed (Grades K-8)
2. School is Cool (Grades 2-5)
3. Future Stars (Grades 5-8)
4. Huddle Up (Grades 9-12)
5. Second Down (Grades 9-12)
Roosevelt High School
Thomas Edison Middle School
Memorial Middle School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
RF Pettigrew Elementary School
This program helps to develop the child's vocabulary and leisure reading skills. The Storm will make Team Mascot Drizzle available for this program as well as Players and Lightning Girls Cheer Team members. Based on sponsor interest, a special life size growth chart of Drizzle will be created for the school rooms and kids to measure up the number of books they have read. Once complete, incentive prizes can be awarded from the Storm and business sponsors based on the level of books read, etc.
In football, there are four attempts at a first down in order to keep the offensive team moving down the field with a chance to score a touchdown. The Storm would like to provide hope to a select group of students that they can come back for the Second Down in the game of life even if they've failed at their first attempt. In sports we award athletes the Most Improved Player award. This would be a chance for a student that has struggled in school to have a chance at a scholarship not so much based on their grade level as the top criteria, but based on the student's overall effort in school, attitude towards class, attendance combined with extra curricular school activities and volunteer service. Based on a letter from a teacher and the student's very own essay as to how they "buckled down" to better themselves and what steps they took to improve their classroom standing, the Storm will award one (1) scholarship at the end of the school season during an on-field ceremony at a Storm Football home game.
The Storm organization will work with each of the participating schools and their students to develop fundraising programs that can help support educational field trips, playground repairs, new gym equipment purchases, the PTO group,band and cheerleader camps, lunch milk & meal needs, or come to the aid of a fellow student or family stricken by illness and in need of financial assistance, etc.
At each home game, the Storm will make available a special Luxury Loge Box that accommodates up to 30 guests and provide each of the schools involved in the Champions Stay In The Game program with an opportunity use this prize as an incentive reward for a select group of students that helped make the school a better place to learn or outside through community service. The game-night occupants will each receive a free hot dog, soda and popcorn from our program sponsors and a free "Champions Stay In The Game" t-shirt plus an opportunity to meet Storm players before the game on the field.
The Storm will provide all participating students in the Champions Stay In The Game program with complimentary tickets and special price arrangements for the family members throughout the football season.
At the end of the 2016 season, the Storm will award two (2) Senior High School students each with a $1,000 Scholarship. One will be based on academic achievement combined with volunteer/community service and the second will be chosen from the Second Down group that meets the standard entrance exam qualifications for a university, community college and vocational technical school. In addition, one (1) elementary and middle school student (boy or girl) can qualify to win an Education Savings Bond. $500 for the middle school student and $250 for the elementary school child.
Quinn, at the tender age of nine, lost her fight to cancer in June of 2015. She was a 4th grade student at R.F. Pettigrew Elementary School in Sioux Falls. Quinn's favorite subject was Reading. Her favorite thing about school was being a part of a Team. Her Mom (Katie - pictured with Quinn) said "Quinn loved being a classmate with everyone and cheering them on and having other students cheer her on. She just truly loved being a part of something bigger than herself. At home, her sense of family was definitely a defining characteristic of Quinn. She said over and over throughout her battle with cancer that "We Are In This Together Forever"". Her Dreams about her future varied. Said her Mom: "For Quinn, they were always centered around helping others. She was always talking about how she wanted to make other people happy and to feel better."
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