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Bowls Host NCAA Football Youth Day at Joe Brown Park

Thursday, July 25, 2013

On Wednesday, July 24, youth football players from New Orleans and the surrounding areas were invited to attend a free half-day clinic at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East. The clinic was hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in partnership with NCAA Football's Youth Initiative.

This clinic, one of 21 being held nationwide over the summer, gave participants the opportunity to meet and work with college coaches to complete on-field agility drills, offensive and defensive training.

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"This is such a special chance for youth in our area to take part in something unique, learning from top student-athletes and collegiate coaches," said Paul Hoolahan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "NCAA Football puts on a first class event and we're thrilled to have partnered with them over the past five years."

"We're excited to join other bowls nationwide in providing young players the unique opportunity to learn from top student-athletes and collegiate coaches," said Billy Ferrante - Executive Director, R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

"Learning football fundamentals, proper technique and safety is essential to youth football players' success on the field," said Bob Vecchione - chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiatives Committee.  "NCAA Football youth clinics provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn these valuable skills and more importantly, to learn the invaluable character-building and sportsmanship lessons needed to be successful off the field."

NCAA Football's Youth Initiative began in 2007 when NCAA Football USA, Inc., provided $750,000 in grants, equipment and uniforms to help rebuild the New Orleans Recreation Department's youth football league following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, NCAA Football committed $1.5 million to develop a three-pronged national youth program comprising youth clinics, apparel grants and a legacy gift. More than 25,000 young athletes have been positively impacted since the program's inception. For more information, visit

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. NCAA Football is managed by IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide. For more information on NCAA Football, visit

About the Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the country, having hosted 23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 79-year history. The Bowl will host the 80th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 2, 2014. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit

About the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
The 13th annual R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will feature opponents from the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. Since 2001, the Bowl has continued to provide a positive economic and community impact for the city of New Orleans. For more information on this year's game and other events, visit


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