Minnesota boy 1 of 3 finalists to hand off Super Bowl LI game ball

Eden Prairie's Ryan Stoltz is a finalist in the NFL Play60 Super Kid Contest.

- One of Minnesota’s very own has a chance to hand off the game ball at Super bowl LI in Houston, Texas on Feb. 5, but he needs your vote.

The 2017 NFL Play 60 Super Kid contest judges chose 12-year-old Ryan Stoltz, a sixth grader at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion Elementary school in Eden Prairie, as one of three finalists.

In his submission video, Ryan explains why he’s the best choice for Super Kid while switching from various activities from mowing the lawn to rollerblading.

“Hi, I’m Ryan and I want to be the next 2017 NFL Play 60 Super Kid and here’s why - this body is made for moving!” the Minnesotan says to open his showstopping video entry.

“Exercise improves blood flow to my brain!” Ryan says, smiling while upside down on the monkey bars in the video.

“Exercise reduces stress and anxiety!” he exclaims, pressing weights at the gym.

“Exercise builds strong bones,” Ryan reminds viewers during his creative montage.

“He skis, he’s on the water, he boats, he runs, he plays football,” Ryan’s mother, Veronica Stoltz told Fox 9 of her son’s love for sports.

“Sweat and dirt?” Ryan asks in his football uniform during the video. “Bring it on.”

Ryan is not only a master at playing 60 minutes a day as his video entry promotes, he also shares his message Ryan shares in Spanish – a language he began to learn in Kindergarten.

“I would say [exercise] is very important because it’s helping you in school, it’s helping you in many events, even with energy levels,” Ryan says in Spanish.

“I just really want to show kids that playing 60 minutes a day and eating healthy is really important and it can really help you all throughout your life,” he said.

Active on the field enough to teach anyone how to properly throw a football, Ryan is also an aspiring sports announcer and a Scholastic Kid Reporter who rubs elbows with stars.

“I think he would be somebody that Minnesota would be proud to put forward,” Veronica said.

Yet, it’s the young man’s plays as a Boy Scout, a member of Unified Club and as someone who polar plunges to raise money for Special Olympics that truly make him a winner.

“Looks like the competition is good, but overall I pick this guy,” Ryan said.

To help make sure Ryan is the Super Kid who gets to hand off the game ball at Super Bowl LI watch his video, share it far and wide and vote every day between Nov. 30 through Dec. 13 at superkid.nflrush.com


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