Gorilla tight end Kyler Ray had the chance to see things from a different perspective on the field last fall when he, along with classmates in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department, got to do some coaching at Carnie Smith Stadium. 

He and his fellow physical education majors oversaw several simultaneous flag football games being played by more than 200 students from Pittsburg Community Middle School as part of the “Fuel Up to Play 60!” program. 

The national NFL initiative is in cooperation with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Midwest Dairy Council as a way to get youth actively moving for 60 minutes every day and making healthy food choices. 

“It’s a lot different being on this side of things, and it’s good experience for me to get before I graduate,” said Ray, a junior from Idaho who hopes to become a middle or high school physical education teacher. “I like seeing them take what we tell them and make adjustments and learn from it. It’s fun.”