TSU Coaches Aid in NCAA Youth Day
By Rachel Orr
The Tennessee State University Tigers football coaching staff volunteered over the summer assisting in the NCAA Youth Day. The clinic is one of nine sponsored by the NCAA across the nation and its purpose is to help the local youth learn the fundamentals of football while building character on and off the field.
The clinics located in Tennesse were held at the University of Chattanooga's Finley Stadium and Vanderbilt's Dudley Field from July 25-26th.
TSU football coaches Shannon Harris (quarterbacks), Anthony Blevins (defensive backs), Osita Alaribe (defensive line), and graduate assistant Kevin Mashack with several coaches from Middle Tennessee State, Chattanooga, West Georgia, Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky served more than 250 particiapnts ages 14 and under.
"This clinic is a great opportunity for youth athletes throughout Tennessee to study not only about football, but also about the moral character that will help these kids grow and mature into responsible adults," said Bob Vecchione - chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiatives Committee. "We are honored to be involved in this event with the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Site at Finley Stadium, and hope the participants enjoy exclusive access to the talent of Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, UTC, University of West Georgia and Western Carolina University."
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.