Altoona (WQOW) - Two Altoona schools came home from Super Bowl weekend with thousands of dollars in grants.
The NFL's Fuel Play 60 invited Altoona Middle School and Altoona High School to its "AdCap" competition on the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend.
Physical education teacher Greg Emerson got a team of seven girls together. They had some prep time to come up with a project to keep kids healthy at their schools, and present it "Shark Tank" style in 60 seconds.
They were judged by CEOs, the COO of the NFL and even Vikings QB Case Keenum.
The middle school students' proposal was an on-site smoothie bar called "Snack Shack."
"So, what they want to do is open up, to have healthy foods, before and after school," Emerson said. "With that, they'll make smoothies, and they'll have smoothie machines and stuff. They can sell them for lower cost than what stores would do, because we'll make them right here."
Meanwhile, the high school students titled their idea "Growing Knowledge."
They want to create a hydroponic vertical garden which could be used in the cafeteria, or even at the smoothie bar.
Each school got $2,000 to make those projects happen.
Now, they're raising money to go to the next phase of the Fuel Play 60 competition in Atlanta when the city hosts the next Super Bowl. Altoona students are holding a fundraiser Thursday, February 8 at Action City from 4-9 p.m. Cost is $30 for 5 hours on the trampolines, and some of the profit will go toward sending them to the conference in Atlanta.
The competition is regional; western Wisconsin combined with Minnesota. There were 15 teams, with five from Wisconsin. Mondovi was also a winner in the competition.