Bowl Holds Annual NCAA Football Clinic

Photo Gallery & Video Of Hundreds Of Local Kids Treated To A Day Of Football At UNLV.


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More than 300 local kids took 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.

The last of 19 free clinics NCAA Football sponsored across the nation this summer, the three-hour event was led by the UNLV football coaching staff, including head coach Bobby Hauck, as well as dozens of returning Rebel players that are preparing for their own practices to begin tomorrow.

''This is always a wonderful opportunity for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to have additional community involvement and give something back to the city that supports it,'' said Tiffany Greco, manager of NCAA Football. ''UNLV is a great site for the clinic and we love working with Coach Hauck and his staff and student-athletes, who do an outstanding job teaching the fundamentals of football as well as sportsmanship and character both on and off the field.''

Ranging in age from 8-14, participants came from around the Las Vegas Valley and gathered at Bill ''Wildcat'' Morris Rebel Park. There they went through multiple stations on the Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields as well as inside the Lied Athletic Complex where the program included a presentation by former Rebel running back great and current local businessman Joe Haro.

NCAA Football's Youth Initiative 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.

The 21st edition of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be played Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:30 p.m. PT at Sam Boyd Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN, featuring the top choice from the Mountain West against the fifth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.

Tickets for this year's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas remain at the same levels ($25, $35, $55, $100) as last year until Tuesday, Dec. 1, when prices will increase. Fans can buy their tickets by calling (702) 739-3267 (739-FANS), going online to www.unlvtickets.com or visiting the Thomas & Mack Center box office. For more information and sponsorship opportunities call (702) 732-3912.

Last year's edition ? which attracted 35,720 fans ? featured the highest-ranked team to appear in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas as No. 6 Boise State defeated Arizona State 56-24. The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, which markets and owns a total of seven bowl games.

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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 Athletic 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 NCAAFootball.com

About NCAA Football's Youth Initiative
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 30,000 young athletes have been positively impacted since the program's inception. For more information, visit www.NCAAFootball.com/youth.