Bowls NCAA Youth Football Clinic A Big Hit!

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Clinic at UNLV Hosts 150 Campers

LAS VEGAS - More than 150 local youth took part in July 30th's half-day 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 nine free clinics NCAA Football is hosting across the nation, the event was led by the entire UNLV football coaching staff, including head man Mike Sanford.

"This was just a great event that offered a unique opportunity for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, NCAA Football and UNLV to team up and help out kids from across Southern Nevada," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy, executive director of the bowl. "Everyone had a lot of fun today and the campers certainly learned a lot about playing football."

Participants, who were as young as 6, were brought to the Cox Pavilion where they ran drills at multiple stations during the three-hour event. The day also included a lifeskills speech from local businessman and former college and NFL star running back Napoleon McCallum, who is a member of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Executive Committee.

"It's always great to get young people from the community on our campus and teach them about sports," said Sanford. "Our coaches had a wonderful time today and I think helped create some more college football fans."

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.