Month: February 2013


PE Teacher of the Year

We’re looking for the most inspiring, motivating and dedicated PE teacher in the country. Think you know him/her? Tell us why your nominee deserves to win.

“A great teacher can literally change
the course of a student’s life”

– U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

NFL Network is looking for those life-changing PE teachers leading the fight against childhood obesity. Do you know one? We will award the NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year a $10,000 stipend, a $5,000 school companion PE grant and a trip to the NFL Draft. The NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year will also act as a spokesperson for the program in 2013, both at Keep Gym in School events and with the media.

We believe that every student should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. As part of the Keep Gym in School mission, we seek to increase access to in-school physical activity and to teach skills needed to establish and sustain healthy lifestyles. The PE Teacher of the Year award recognizes the role of educators in achieving that mission.

Individuals may nominate one PE teacher between September 21, 2012 and December 31, 2012 for PE Teacher of the Year; nominations are only accepted online at and must be received no later than 8:00 PM EST on December 31, 2012.

NFL Network will distribute grant applications to all nominated teachers on approximately January 6, 2013. Applications must be completed and returned to NFL Network by February 8, 2013. The application will only be provided to those teachers who are nominated.

Important Dates

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

September 21 2012: NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year information and teacher nomination posted at

December 31, 2012: DEADLINE for nominations for NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year. Nominations must be received by 8:00 PM EST.

February 8, 2013: DEADLINE for applications for NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year. Applications must be postmarked no later than Feruary 4, 2013.

February 18, 2013: 5 finalists selected.

April 2013: NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year announced at NFL Draft Week.

Official Rules


NFL Network will appoint representatives to a judging panel, along with representatives from leading youth fitness experts including the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and Action for Healthy Kids.

NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year Criteria

Be an active, full-time classroom teacher (K through grade 12) in a public, private or charter school;

Have teaching as the primary responsibility rather than administrative or supervisory responsibilities;

Be a teacher who is planning to actively continue his/her teaching career (currently teaching and planning to remain teaching through the 2012 -2013 school year);

Possess expertise in physical education and be able to deliver age-appropriate content in a meaningful and engaging manner;

Incorporate innovative instructional materials, curriculum or techniques, to support and enhance instruction;

Show evidence of ongoing professional learning through completion of specific training and/or advanced degrees;

Display exemplary interpersonal skills in communicating with students, parents, administrators, community members and professional colleagues;Engage parents/families as partners in the learning process to enhance student achievement; and

Demonstrate a strong commitment to creating a climate of caring and respect conducive to effective teaching and learning.

Award and school grant funds will be distributed in total only after the winning teacher has signed an affidavit of eligibility.

Thank you very much for your interest in Keep Gym in School’s Teacher of the Year program. The nomination period is closed for this year.