LEXINGTON, Ky. - NCAA Football, managed by IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide, to serve as the collective voice to promote college football, today announced that its national effort to offer young football players a half-day of training in football fundamentals and character development reached 4,257 young athletes this summer. The free youth football clinics, which began in 2007 in New Orleans as part of the rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina, were co-hosted with 19 bowl games in 17 cities across the U.S.
"Since 2007, NCAA Football has provided young players across the country on and off the field educational platforms taught by local college coaches,â€ said Bob Vecchione - chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiative Committee. "This level of success could not have been attained without the enthusiasm and commitment the bowls and the DI FCS Championship Organizing Committee have shown over the past three years and we look forward to continued expansion.â€
From June 10 through August 6, 63 institutions provided 346 coaches and student-athletes to teach participating youth agility drills, offensive and defensive training, and character development. Participating bowls and cities included:
· AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl - Shreveport, La.
· Allstate Sugar Bowl & R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - New Orleans
· AT&T Cotton Bowl - Arlington, Texas
· Beef â€˜O' Brady's Bowl - St. Petersburg, Fla.
· Birmingham Bowl (formerly Papajohns.com Bowl) -Birmingham, Ala.
· Capital One Bowl & Champs Sports Bowl - Orlando
· Chick-fil-A Bowl - Atlanta
· DI FCS Championship Game - Frisco, Texas
· EagleBank Bowl - Washington, D.C.
· Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Nashville
· Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl - San Francisco
· MAACO Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas
· New Mexico Bowl - Albuquerque
· Orange Bowl - Miami
· Rose Bowl Game - Pasadena, Calif.
· San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl - San Diego
· Valero Alamo Bowl - San Antonio
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship Game will co-host a free Youth Day Clinic on December 18 in Glendale, Ariz.
"Our inaugural youth clinic was a huge success with more than 200 kids receiving training from some of the best college coaches in our area,â€ said Rick Baker - president, AT&T Cotton Bowl. "We were proud to co-host this event with NCAA Football, and we look forward to further strengthening our commitment to the community and growing this clinic even more in the future.â€
David Bertram - executive director, NCAA Football, added, "Since its inception, NCAA Football has sought ways to leverage the popularity of college football to communicate to kids the importance of obtaining a college education. We are very pleased with the amount of young people who have been reached through the collective efforts of our friends at the bowls, on campuses and in the conference offices.â€
NCAA Football's Youth Initiative strives to attract youth participants to the game, provide them with additional motivation to pursue higher education opportunities, help them develop the necessary skills to be successful on and off the field, and help to establish a new base of lifelong NCAA Football fans.
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IMG College is the leader in capturing consumer devotion to college sports through partnership opportunities in licensing, marketing, events and hospitality, multimedia rights, stadium and arena development, sales, and consulting. IMG College works across local, regional, and national platforms to connect top corporations to the college market's more than 172 million fans - 77 million of which are female - an affluent fan base with more than 29 million college fans earning more than $100,000, and 17 million fans between the ages of 18 - 24. IMG College partners with the nation's top collegiate brands, including the NCAA and its 88 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences, and some of the most prestigious universities in the country. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, the world's premier sports, media, and entertainment company. For more information, please visit www.imgworld.com.