NFL, National and Local Nonprofit Organizations Positively Impact the Region
NFL Hosting "Pro Bowl Community Day" featuring Pro Bowl Players
The impact of the 2019 PRO BOWL PRESENTED BY VERIZON will extend far beyond Camping World Stadium through the NFL's many community events planned for Pro Bowl Week in Orlando. From flag football games to PLAY 60 clinics and park revitalizations, thousands of local residents, children and their families will experience the positive impact and community spirit of Pro Bowl.
For the first time at Pro Bowl, the NFL will host PRO BOWL COMMUNITY DAY on Saturday, January 26, when NFL Pro Bowl players will partner with youth, local, and national non-profit organizations in various activities supporting Community Service, Youth Football, Youth Health & Wellness, the Military Community, and Sustainability efforts. Through the NFL FOUNDATION PRO BOWL GIVEBACK, Pro Bowl players on the winning team may apply for a $10,000 NFL Foundation grant to be donated to the high school or youth football program of their choice. Also, during one practice, Pro Bowlers will be wearing special practice shirts adorned with the NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION logo. The shirts will be auctioned off via NFL Auction, and all the money raised will support retired players in need.
The following are some of the ways that the NFL will celebrate Pro Bowl Week and leave a positive impact in Orlando and the surrounding region.
Community Legacy Event to Kickoff Pro Bowl Week
To kick off the 2019 Pro Bowl Week festivities on Tuesday, January 22, the NFL will join the City of Orlando to rebuild and revitalize Ivey Lane Park (291 Silverton Street).
The volunteer work will kick off at 10:00 AM ET with brief remarks from attendees starting at 11:00 AM ET, including NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O'Reilly, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, and Jack Groh from the NFL's Green initiative.
The opening remarks will be followed by a media availability with former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Following the press event, local high school football players from Maynard Evans High School and Jones High School will join community volunteers, Verizon Green Team volunteers and military members from the 143rd Sustainment Command to plant trees and pollinator plants, build a community garden, and create an interactive play area. The newly revitalized space will be used for educational enrichment and outdoor activities.
Media - For more information, contact Elena Bakar, NFL, Elena.Bakar@NFL.com
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp
On Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 AM ET, the NFL will host a free Character Camp on Field 21 at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The event will include 300 predominantly-Hispanic youth from the Orlando area. The non-contact football camp will be led by Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz. The camp is part the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps program, a partnership between the NFL and the Muñoz Agency. The mission of the camps is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. This camp is hosted as part of the NFL's year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football. Since the inception of NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps in 2012, over 90 camps have been held impacting nearly 30,000 youth across the country.
Media - For more information, contact Ryan Betscher, Muñoz Agency, firstname.lastname@example.org
PRO BOWL COMMUNITY DAY
New this year, the NFL will be hosting Pro Bowl Community Day at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET. The event will partner Pro Bowl players with youth, local, and national non-profit organizations to support Community Service, Youth Football, Youth Health & Wellness, the Military Community, and Sustainability efforts.
Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Game: The NFL and Special Olympics will host a Unified Flag Football game with Special Olympics Florida athletes and Pro Bowl players on Field 18 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The NFL and Special Olympics are committed to building inclusive communities and providing opportunities for athletes of all abilities to participate in sports through Unified flag football, where individuals with and without intellectual disabilities play flag football together on the same team.
Play Football Clinics: Fuel Up to Play 60 students ages 6-15 will take part in football clinics with Pro Bowl Players on Field 17 at ESPN Wide World on Sports Complex.
NFL FLAG Championship: Championship games for the 9-10 Coed, 11-12 Coed and 13-14 Girls divisions will be played Saturday, January 26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, starting at 9:30 AM ET. All three games will be broadcasted live on ESPN3. NFL Pro Bowl players, Legends, and special guests will serve as guest coaches encouraging teams and engaging with fans.
Packaging USO Military Care Kits*: The NFL and the USO celebrate more than 50 years of partnership with Salute to Service. Through this partnership, the NFL is proud to bring football to service members and military families through year-round events, programs and services with the USO. NFL Pro Bowl players and NFL FLAG youth will work together with the USO to pack 2,500 care packages to send to service men and women overseas at the Visa Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Packaging Shelter Comfort Kits*: Working with SafeHouse of Seminole, a local organization that provides programs and emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence, NFL players and NFL FLAG youth will assemble comfort kits at the Visa Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. These care packages, which will include toiletries donated by the Procter & Gamble Company, will be distributed to domestic violence survivors, and will provide basic necessities as they move forward with their lives.
Meal Packing Champions for Local Food Bank*: NFL Pro Bowl players and NFL FLAG youth will package 5,000 nutritious meals to donate to a Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida at the Visa Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The meals are designed to provide vital nutrients to people of all ages and are fortified with over 20 different vitamins and minerals necessary for good health.
NFL Green Project*: NFL Pro Bowl players and NFL FLAG youth will "Go Green" by building birdhouses to provide urban wildlife habitat on Field 24 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The completed birdhouses will be used at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Activity*: NFL Pro Bowl players will work alongside TAPS family members to build wooden American flags to honor their lost loved ones that served our country on Field 21 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service.
Wounded Warrior Project*: The NFL and Wounded Warrior Project will host a flag football game with Pro Bowl players and 50 local veterans on Field 22 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects warriors with one another, their families, and communities.
Media - For more information, contact Jill Pike, NFL, Jill.Pike@NFL.com
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