A local teacher is back from a trip of a lifetime after scoring tickets to Super Bowl LIII. Ada Feliciano won a contest through a program that promotes active and healthy lifestyles among students.
According to Feliciano, it was definitely a special experience and one that she got to share with her niece.
“I myself was like, ‘wow,'” Feliciano said.
Feliciano was one of more than 70,000 NFL fans who attended Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up a Bears fan but lived in L.A. so she cheered for the Rams.
“Just a really good time,” said Feliciano. “Everywhere you went everyone was happy, welcoming. Everyone who was next to you was like your friend,” she said.
The second-grade teacher who works at Forbuss Elementary School won two tickets and an all-expense paid trip through “Fuel Up To Play 60.” The program is a partnership between the NFL and the dairy council of Nevada. It teaches students how to eat healthily and be active for about an hour a day.
“It’s a really simple message to try and help young people, just empower themselves to make healthy choices,” Feliciano said.
Within a year of bringing the program to Forbuss Elementary, Feliciano entered a contest that took her a semester to complete. In order, to be considered for the super bowl tickets, she had to complete six “plays” at her school.
“One of the first, you know, steps is to have a kick off so it’s basically celebrated and teaches your coworkers and the students what the program is all about,” Feliciano said.
Right before the new year, Feliciano learned because of her work in the program, she scored a touchdown and won the tickets. Her students and co-workers gave her a special send-off last Thursday.
“The reason I won is because of the support of all the teachers I work with; of my administrators saying yes,” Feliciano said.
Now, after a fun-filled weekend, Feliciano is back in her happy place, which is teaching the students of Forbuss Elementary School.
Through the same program, the educator has also won a 3,600 grant to purchase equipment to keep students active, as well as a flag football kit for her school.
“Fuel Up To Play 60” is currently at more than 700 schools in Nevada.