Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and Cowboys Stadium Host 2011 NCAA Youth Clinic

Photo By: Melissa Macatee/CBAA
AT&T Cotton Bowl Board member, Brad Sham and AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Famer, Russell Maryland, address the 2011 NCAA Youth Clinic participants.

The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, in conjunction with NCAA Football, hosted approximately 200 local youth (ages 7-14) for a free clinic on Tuesday, July 19 at Cowboys Stadium.

As part of the program, featured speakers Brad Sham, long-time radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys and Russell Maryland, former University of Miami and Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle and AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Famer addressed the participants. Sham and Maryland touched on scholastic excellence, sportsmanship and having a strong work ethic as important elements to becoming a well-rounded athlete. Big XII Assistant Commissioner for Compliance, Keri Boyce, lead a seminar for the participants' parents focusing on NCAA regulations and academic requirements for college athletes. Local football coaches organized drills and activities for the participants.

"We couldn’t be more pleased with the reaction we received when registration opened for our clinic," Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said. "The available slots filled up in a matter of minutes, and based on the strong demand, we may have to expand this program next year." In an effort to inspire young athletes, the NCAA Football youth initiative program provides clinic participants the opportunity to cultivate leadership and athletic skills through free clinics offered by 22 bowls across the country. Approximately 7,000 participants have registered for the 2011 NCAA Football and bowl-sponsored clinics nationwide.