Rebels Teaming Up With MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Aug. 2, 2010
LAS VEGAS - More than 500 local youth are scheduled to take part in Friday's football clinic on the UNLV campus as part of NCAA Football's national youth initiative in partnership with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
One of 22 free clinics NCAA Football is sponsoring across the nation, the event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and be led by the UNLV football coaching staff, including new head man Bobby Hauck, as well as dozens of returning Rebel players that are preparing for their own practices to begin.
"This is the second straight summer that NCAA Football has chosen the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to organize one of its clinics because last year's was such a big hit," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy, executive director of the bowl game, which this year will be played Dec. 22. "This event offers a wonderful opportunity for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, NCAA Football and UNLV to team up in showing what a great game football is to Southern Nevada kids who are not financially in a position to normally attend sports camps."
Ranging in age from 5-14, participants will be transported by bus to Bill "Wildcat" Morris Rebel Park where they will go through multiple stations on the newly installed surfaces at the Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields as well as inside the Lied Athletic Complex. UNLV coaches and players will oversee the drills during the half-day event.
"This Youth Day Clinic is an opportunity for youth football players to learn not only valuable athletic skills, but also the invaluable character-building and sportsmanship lessons from some of the area's top football coaches," said Bob Vecchione - chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiatives Committee. "We are proud to be bringing this event to MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, and hope the young men and women who participate in the clinic incorporate the lessons into their daily lives."
NCAA Football's Youth Initiative is a $1.5 million, three-year investment that began in New Orleans in 2007. Through this program, NCAA Football strives to attract more 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.
Just a day after the clinic, the UNLV football team will hold its first preseason practice on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Rebel Park. The season opens Sept. 4 with a game vs. Wisconsin at Sam Boyd Stadium. Tickets are on sale now by calling (702) 739-FANS or logging on to www.unlvtickets.com.