On Tuesday, Jan. 22, NFL football players and NFL cheerleaders will be holding Youth Clinics for Hawaii Island intermediate and high school students at Kealakehe High School from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Keaau High School from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Players and cheerleaders will also visit a local school for an assembly before the clinics. The NFL Pro Bowl Youth Clinics, now in its 11th year, is “focused on motivating our youth to realize their dreams and to maximize their potential,” a Hawaii County spokesperson said.
In the past years, the spokesperson said, players and cheerleaders from the NFL teams have come to the Big Island to present the children with inspirational messages and positive skills training. The 2-hour clinic will feature a variety of hands-on skills and techniques for both boys and girls.
“Seeing the smiles, the excitement, and the joy on the faces of the kids — its quite an honor to be part of such a positive and inspirational event,” said Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, a Pro Bowl Ohana Committee Member.
“I cannot thank the NFL, Nat Moore, the Pro Bowl Ohana Committee, and our volunteers enough for making this event possible. Each year we involve more students on Hawaii Island – we now get to involve over 700 of our youth islandwide. Our kids will remember this for the rest of their lives!”
All youth participants will also receive an NFL Pro Bowl T-shirt that will be autographed by each player and an NFL Pro Bowl sling backpack. The public and youth not signed up for the program are welcome to attend the event. Youth participants are selected by their respective school, however, every year there are open slots that need to be filled. Youth who are accompanied by a parent may be able to participate if there are any open slots prior to the beginning of the clinic on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, please contact Betty at 961-8343 or Char at 961-8503.