Bowl Hosting NCAA Football Clinic

More than 500 area youth will benefit from half-day event at Rebel Park on Aug. 6

LAS VEGAS - More than 500 local youth are scheduled to take part in the August 6 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.

Tickets for the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas are on sale now and this year include complimentary transportation from the two host hotels to and from Sam Boyd Stadium. The 19th edition of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, and begin at 5 p.m. PT. This year's game will match the top choice from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth pick from the Pacific-10 Conference.

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The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, which is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will be televised nationally on ESPN HD. Last year's game attracted 40,018 fans, which marked the fifth consecutive sellout crowd as No. 15 BYU defeated No. 16 Oregon State 44-20 in the first-ever meeting of two ranked teams at the annual event.

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