Class 4A champion Tampa Plant, Olympic Heights and Miami Southridge have accepted invitations to compete in the fourth annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Championship on June 20 at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach.
The field was expanded to 18 teams in the invitation-only, which benefits the Heath Evans Foundation, and features some of the top teams and players from throughout the state.
Teams who also have accepted invitations are two-time Class 1B state champion Jupiter Christian, traditional power Glades Central, Class 2A finalist Miami Gulliver Prep, Dwyer, featuring Florida’s top prospect Matt Elam, Class 3A pre-season favorite Booker T. Washington of Miami, Miramar, Boyd Anderson, Ely, Park Vista, Daytona Mainland, Daytona Seabreeze, Cardinal Gibbons, Glades Day, The King’s Academy and Cardinal Newman.
Evans started the 7-on-7 tournament to bring something back to Palm Beach County while raising awareness and money for his foundation.
“Bringing in NFL players gives the kids an opportunity to learn first-hand about the integrity, discipline and character that are needed to help them reach the next level,” said Evans. “It helps set this event apart and makes it special.”
Among the NFL players expected to attend include Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk of the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, former University of Florida star wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, now with the Denver Broncos, and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kelley Washington.
The tournament is open to the public. Tickets are $5 person and available at the gate. The King’s Academy is located at 8401 Belvedere Road, approximately one mile east of 441.
Evans, who signed with the New Orleans Saints in the offseason after four years with the New England Patriots, is looking forward to the new developments at this year’s event.
The fourth annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Championship has added several new twists for the fans and players. There will be a “Beat the Pros Challenge” giving fans and high school players a chance to test their skills against NFL players attending the event.
The Heath Evans Foundation is selling $1 raffle tickets only at the event and two fans will be chosen for each skill competition. Two high school players will also participate in each event, which includes a 40-yard dash, catching punts from a JUGGS machine and passing accuracy.
“We wanted to do something different, something unique that involved everyone,” said Evans, who graduated from The King’s Academy and attended Auburn University. “A chance to meet and test your skills against an NFL player will be fun. And that’s our goal, to make this a highly competitive tournament while having fun.”
Proceeds from this tournament will benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Heath Evans Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering hope and healing in the lives of children and families affected by sexual abuse. It is committed to breaking the cycle of abuse through healing the psychological, physical, and spiritual wounds inflicted on innocent children; to bring hope and healing to the young victims of sexual abuse.
Major sponsors include Hulett Environmental Services, Chick-fil-A and Cheney Brothers.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Glenn Martin, President of the Heath Evans Foundation at (561) 282-6345 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:30 a.m. – High school teams check-in begins
8:30 a.m. – Introduction and Welcome by Heath Evans
9 a.m. – NFL players usually start arriving
9:15 a.m. – First-round games start
10:15 a.m. – Second-round games start
11:15 a.m. – Third-round games start
Noon – Lunch break and guest speakers for high school players
12:45 p.m. – Beat the Pro Challenge No. 1 -- Vince Wilfork
1 p.m. – Single-elimination games begin
1:45 p.m. – Beat the Pro Challenge No. 2 -- Heath Evans
2:45 p.m. – Beat the Pro Challenge No. 3 -- Matt Cassel
3 p.m. – Semifinals
4 p.m. – Championship Game