Football bus scores big with McIntyre Elementary teacher, students
Sonny Amato considers himself a Steelers fanatic.
He's been cheering for the black and gold since he was a preschooler and now, at 35, he attends every home game as a season ticket holder.
So when the McIntyre Elementary School kindergarten teacher recently was named a “Sunday Night Football” Fan of the Week by NBC, he was elated.
“I thought it was great,” he said. “It was an honor to be picked.”
As one of four weekly winners, Amato was awarded prizes including the NBC Sports Group's “Sunday Night Football” bus making a visit to McIntryre Elementary — its first visit to a school.
The 304-square-foot bus is wrapped with bigger-than-life images of popular NFL players. Inside, it boasts a sofa and flat-screen TV; an Xbox game system featuring “Madden NFL 25;” a mock broadcast studio mimicking the space where Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth call the games.
The bus is crossing the country, covering more than 17,000 miles. The vehicle will make 17 game day stops and a Thanksgiving night game stop, plus four stops at local landmarks and events in each “Sunday Night Football” host city.
Amato's 20 kindergarten students toured the bus during on Sept. 20.
“It was priceless to see the kids' faces light up when they came out and saw the NBC football bus parked where their school buses normally sit,” Amato said.
Amy Mathieu, principal at McIntryre Elementary, said the children enjoyed the experience. “Plus, it really helped build excitement for that night's North Hills football game,” she added.
“I saw a TV and some games in there,” said Hope Diller, 5.
“It was cool when my friends wore a football helmet.”
Laurie Rees is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Photo Gallery: Johnny Appleseed Day at Highcliff Elementary
- Millvale’s recent hire aims to bring sustainability to job
- North Hills Community Outreach program helps those thrust into positions of need
- Photo Gallery: Cookie-decorating class at the Northland Public Library
- Northern Tier Regional Library in Richland to host authors
- Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton to offer spooky lantern-lit tours