FRISCO, Texas — The Southland Conference, which will play host to the 2012 NCAA Division I Championship Game, has teamed up with NCAA Football’s Youth Initiative to host a free youth clinic Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at Frisco Memorial Stadium.
Four members of the Southeastern Louisiana University coaching staff – assistant coaches Tyronee Williams, Patrick Garvin, Tyler Paopao and graduate assistant Matt Powledge – will be part of a 28-member staff from five Southland Conference schools working the clinic for youth ages 6-13.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with college football coaches; run offensive, defensive and agility drills; learn proper techniques to promote on-field football safety; and learn about the importance of character development and good sportsmanship. Registration was open to members of the Frisco Football League and spots in the clinic filled within 72 hours this past weekend. Registration was capped at 300 participants.
“The NCAA Football Youth Initiative is an incredible program and we are proud to partner with them for the second consecutive year in hosting a youth clinic,” said Tom Burnett, Commissioner of the Southland Conference. “This is such a special opportunity for the youth in our community to work with top collegiate coaches and we look forward to increased participation and attendance this year.”
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.
“Learning football fundamentals, proper technique and safety is essential to youth football players’ success on the field,” said Bob Vecchione, chair of the NCAA Football Youth Initiative Committee. “NCAA Football youth clinics provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn these valuable skills and more importantly, to learn the invaluable character-building and sportsmanship lessons needed to be successful off the field.”