LEXINGTON, Ky. - After hosting 10 successful Youth Day Clinics across the nation in 2009, the NCAA Football Youth Initiative has announced the locations of 22 Youth Day Clinics scheduled in 2010 for players five to 14 years of age.
Since 2007, the Youth Initiative has partnered with bowl cities from Atlanta to Albuquerque, N.M., to host half-day sessions led by college coaches and student-athletes from area colleges and universities. Participants run agility drills, receive offensive and defensive training, and learn character development tenets to help them on and off the field. A total of 3,000 youth football players have attended the Youth Day Clinics in the program's first three years - this number is expected to nearly double after next year.
"The Youth Day Clinics allow us to teach kids the basics of football while incorporating fundamental character development principles," said Bob Vecchione - chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiatives Committee. "Growing from 10 Youth Day Clinic sites in 2009 to 22 next year enables us to partner with dedicated bowls, conference offices and local University coaches to reach youth in each of the respective communities."
Exact clinic dates and times will be announced in late spring. Parents and coaches interested in registering young players for the clinics should check www.ncaafootball.com/youth for updated information at that time. Participating bowls include:
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl - Shreveport, La.
Allstate Sugar Bowl - New Orleans
AT&T Cotton Bowl - Dallas
Brut Sun Bowl - El Paso, Texas
Capital One Bowl & Champs Sports Bowl - Orlando, Fla.
Chick-fil-A Bowl - Atlanta
EagleBank Bowl - Washington, D.C.
Emerald Bowl - San Francisco
FedEx Orange Bowl - Miami
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl - Nashville, Tenn.
Insight Bowl & Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Glendale, Ariz.
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl - Jacksonville, Fla.
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas
Meineke Car Care Bowl - Charlotte, N.C.
New Mexico Bowl - Albuquerque, N.M.
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl & San Diego Country Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl - San Diego
Papajohns.com Bowl - Birmingham, Ala.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - New Orleans
Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi - Pasadena, Calif.
St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Texas Bowl - Houston
Valero Alamo Bowl - San Antonio
About NCAA Football
NCAA Football USA, Inc. represents a coalition of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the Football Bowl Association (FBA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) and serves as the collective voice to promote college football. Visit www.NCAAFootball.com for more information, and find our Youth Initiative on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ncaafootballyouth.