Jordan Story, 9, son of James and Bethany Story of Dallas, was named an Atlanta Falcons First Down for Fitness MVP.
Jordan, a fourth-grader, was one of 11 students in Georgia chosen for the honor out of about 52,000 eligible to be nominated, according to a news release from the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons First Down for Fitness program is a three-month program designed to challenge third- through seventh-grade students statewide to participate in fitness activities and lead healthy lifestyles, according to the news release.
According to information from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, nearly 40 percent of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese — the second-highest rate in the nation.
Jordan’s teacher, Amy Young, nominated him. She said she was allowed to nominate only one student.
“Jordan gives 110 percent,” Young said.
She said Jordan always does activities listed on his fitness and nutrition calendars, and he is very active in Nebo’s running club.
The calendars are sent home with the students at Nebo each month and contain activities to motivate children to exercise while they are at home and challenge them to eat healthy, Young said.
“Jordan is very self motivated,” said his father, James.
He said Jordan enjoys being outdoors. If given the chance to be outside or playing video games, Jordan chooses being active outside every time, his father said.
Mr. Story recalled training for a half marathon with Jordan riding his bike alongside to help him train.
Jordan said that being inside, watching TV or playing video games did not interest him. He would rather create new games to help be active, he said.
“When I am outside everything is way better,” Jordan said.
The Falcons honored Jordan on the field of the Georgia Dome during pre-game ceremonies of the Nov. 18 game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to the news release.
“I was extremely proud of what he had done,” Mr. Story said.
The Story family members are huge Falcons fans, and go to a few games each year, Mr. Story said. It was Jordan’s first game, since he is the youngest of three, he said.
Mr. Story said he was thankful for how the Falcons treated them while at the game. They made Jordan’s first game special, he said.
“It was really, really fun,” said Jordan.
While on the field Jordan said he thought about how nice it was for his teacher to have nominated him.
Mr. Story said Jordan’s goal is always to be physically fit, and that seems to be why he was chosen for the honor.