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NCAA youth clinic

Some of the nation’s most successful collegiate football coaches and student-athletes will be on hand when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Youth Education through Sports (YES) Clinic Fueled by POWERade will conduct a FREE youth football clinic 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15 at UTC in conjunction with the 2005 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.

Through the YES Program, the NCAA seeks to introduce more ethnic minorities and girls to sports participation. Boys and girls, ages 10 to 18, are eligible to participate at no cost to them. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and all applications must be postmarked by December 9. Approximately 300 young people will be able to participate in skill instruction, life skills, and conditioning sessions with collegiate coaches and student-athletes. The specific skill sessions will be more instructional in format, and teach the “fun” in fundamentals of sport and life.

In 2006, the NCAA will celebrate its 100th Year and has named this the “Year of the Student-Athlete”. In conjunction with this celebration, collegiate student-athletes will participate in leadership roles as instructors and mentors in the clinics.

"Coca-Cola Company and the POWERade brand’s support of the YES Program will provide additional benefits to participants, parents and/or guardians, as well as coaches and student-athletes that donate their time," said Dr. Leroy Fanning, UC Foundation Professor, Health and Human Performance. "Each participant will receive a souvenir YES t-shirt, gift items from NCAA Corporate Partners/Champions, licensees and printed materials on football skill development, nutrition and academic topics. Participation in this clinic will also allow youth to experience the excitement of the NCAA Championship first-hand. A ticket voucher will be given to each participant for free admission to the championship game on Friday, December 16."

Parents and/or guardians will also have the opportunity to actively participate in the YES Clinic by attending a “Parent’s Session” specifically designed for them. In this session a panel of experts will discuss issues relating to youth sports, nutrition, sportsmanship, recruiting, compliance, injury prevention and other related topics.

The NCAA YES Program is exclusively administered by the National Youth Sports Corporation (NYSC). For more information, or to receive a clinic application, please contact Ron Nelson at (423)425-4222 or the National Youth Sports Corporation at (317)829-5786.

November 11, 2005

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