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Youth standout Tim Irvin in the spotlight

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The nationally-syndicated Sports Stars of Tomorrow (SSOT) will feature Miami area youth football standout running back Tim Irvin this weekend in its program about the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl from January at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Irvin was the offensive MVP for the winning East team in the 8th-Grade, unlimited weight limit game, which will be featured along with a unique personal profile spotlight. SSOT airs Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on FOX-affiliate WSVN in the local market. He was joined by fellow Richmond Giants’ teammate Jaquan Johnson who played linebacker in the Bowl. Irvin is a two-time Pop Warner National Champion and one of the country’s best youth players.

Sports Stars of Tomorrow is hosted by legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall and features the brightest young stars in sports and is the only high-school sports program in national syndication. Started in 2005, SSOT airs in over 90 percent of home in the United States and has featured such future stars as LeBron James, Sam Bradford and John Wall, as well as U.S. Army All-Americans Chris Wells, Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley. The show is partners with the website PrepTicket.com, which features clips of the show in its national section.

SSOT will portray the exciting All-American Bowl week experience of the Eastbay Youth Bowl and Combine athletes. It shows viewers the Eastbay Youth Bowl experience through the athletes from 8th-Grade, unlimited weight limit game. This year’s 7th-Grade game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army Combine are also spotlighted, as well as running back Sony Michel’s breakout game in the 2010 7th-Grade game. The Eastbay Youth All-Americans are also shown being recognized on the sidelines of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and working hard in practice while bonding with teammates and getting first-class training and performance gear. The segment features the youth athletes getting a chance to meet with the U.S. Army All-Americans, including former U.S. Army All-American C.J. Spiller, who also addressed the All-Americans.

The 3rd annual Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, presented by Football University (FBU) and Eastbay, had four exciting games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, featuring the top 7th and 8th-Grade talent from across North America. The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consists of three East vs. West all-star games, one for the top 40 7th graders with a 175-pound limit, one for the top 40 8th graders with a 185-pound limit and a third game featuring the top 40 8th graders with no weight limit. New this year was a fourth game—the USA-Canada Youth Bowl. All of the games aired live on www.eastbay.com and www.allamericangames.tv.

Last year, many of the top players in the bowl received college interest and national attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. The 2010 game was also the unveiling of YouTube sensation Sony Michel who ran away with MVP honors after a four-touchdown, 275-yard performance.

Several thousand youth all-stars were nominated for the elite honor of competing in one of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl games. Athletes had to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape.  The selection committee, which consists of Football University’s regional directors and scouts, work year round with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes.

For more information on the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl and its related events, visit: www.footballuniversity.org.  National sponsors of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl include the U.S. Army, adidas, Eastbay, EFX Performance, Gatorade, NCSA, Schutt, TapouT, and the Youth Football Coaches Association.

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