Bowl Youth Clinic Creates Smiles

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Teams With NCAA And UNLV For Successful Event


Nearly 500 young football players from around Southern Nevada overtook Rebel Park on Friday for a half-day clinic courtesy of NCAA Football and the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

With the UNLV football coaching staff and their returning players overseeing drills on the Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields, the kids, ages 8-14, ran through various stations between water breaks on a sunny Friday. Campers also went inside the Lied Athletic Complex to hear life lessons from new Rebel head coach Bobby Hauck as well as former Rebel receiving great Lenny Ware.

"The NCAA Football representative here said this was one of the best she had ever seen so I'd say today was a huge success," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Executive Director of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. "What a team effort between the NCAA, our bowl game, our youth football organizations in town and Coach Hauck and his wonderful staff and players. There were a lot of smiles out there today from everyone involved."

Hauck not only greeted the group in the morning but split his time monitoroing the drills outside and taking questions from campers inside.

"Our players seemed to have as much fun out here as the kids," Hauck said. "We want to thank Tina Kunzer-Murphy and the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas for inviting us to be a part of this great event."

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.

Prices are $25, $35, $55 and $100 and can be reserved by phone at 1-866-388-FANS, online at or in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office. For information on sponsorship opportunities and corporate ticket packages, call (702) 732-3912 or log on to

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.