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Woonsocket duo heading to NFL Play 60 summit

WOONSOCKET -- By spreading the National Football League's Play 60's motto, "Eat right and play 60 minutes a day" two Woonsocket natives will spend part of this week in Texas.

Armando Rodriguez, a second-year physical education teacher, and Brooke Doering, a fifth-grader at Woonsocket School, were selected to represent South Dakota at the 2014 Student Ambassador Summit which runs today through Thursday in Arlington, Texas. Doering was one of 60 kids across the nation to accept the invitation to attend the summit.

"It was pretty cool that she was selected," Rodriguez said. "There is a pretty rigorous application process and to be chosen for an all expenses paid trip for her is really exciting."

Doering said she has been involved with Play 60 for about two years and is looking forward to the trip to Texas.

"I'm just super excited to be going," Doering said. "I'm excited to meet other kids and learn about their programs."

At the summit, Doering will spend a full day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, participate in outrageous physical activities, meet NFL players and compete in an ultimate healthy cook-off, according to the event's summary.

Rodriguez has been involved with the Play 60 movement in both of his two years teaching at Woonsocket. He said the summit is a great reward for students that are actively involved with the Play 60 website and program throughout the school year. Rodriguez said the summit will be a great learning experience for Doering and himself.

"I think the biggest thing will be the chance to mingle with other kids who are active and have leadership qualities like Brooke," Rodriguez said. "Just to learn different ideas and bring things back from students across the nation."

The Play 60 movement is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage students to lead healthier lives.

"I think the Play 60 program is a great program for kids and adults," Rodriguez said. "It gets kids involved in the NFL and football, which is a really big sport in America. I think all the (NFL) players get involved with it and its just a great program."