Ninety standout high school athletes representing Miami-Dade and Broward counties school districts will compete in TRU Sports Foundation’s 6th Annual Private vs. Public All Star High School Football Showcase. The game will be played at Monsignor Edward Pace High School football stadium on Saturday, January 10, 2015 with kickoff slated for 6:30p.m. Players will be joined on the sideline by former and current NFL players.
"This all-star game is a unique opportunity for these athletes to showcase their talents, and we are proud to have received such a high level of interest from athletes around the tri-county area willing to travel to participate in this game," said Mario O. Smith, Executive Director of the TRU Sports Foundation.
The Private vs Public All Star High School football game is an effort to provide graduating seniors an opportunity to showcase their talent among their peers, and obtain one last look by coaches and recruiters, representing colleges and universities across the country. In order to be considered for participation, students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and have already taken the ACT or SAT exam.
"I commend TRU Sports Foundation for providing this type of opportunity and exposure to these players," said Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster, who was coached by Smith when he played at Monsignor Pace High School. "Coming from the same neighborhood as many of these kids, programs like these are so necessary and important in helping to ensure talented athletes, who may otherwise be overlooked, to have an opportunity to be seen by college coaches. That second or third look might be the one to make a difference, and help them realize their dream of getting a college education and playing football."
In addition to the game, players will also participate in a number of events leading up to the game, including a Christmas Food Drive event on Wednesday, December 17, where each athlete will bring canned goods to be distributed to families for the holidays, and a Media Day press event on Saturday, December 27 where student athletes will have an opportunity to gain interview experience and be addressed by members of the media.
The game will feature a Battle of the Bands Halftime event between two bands TBD. Gameday sponsors include U18 Sports Medicine, Gatorade, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Kayvon Webster, Hibbert Group Real Estate, Gateway Video Production (GVP), South Florida High School Sports, Global Speech Therapy, Digital Ink, IScore Foundation, Discovery Orange Bowl, and Flyer Addict.
Trailing 3-1 in the series, the Public All-Stars dominated and romped to a 31-0 win last year to cut the deficit to 3-2. After splitting the first two years, Private winning 12-8 in the Inaugural game in 2010 and Public prevailing 26-7 in 2011, the Private Stars recorded a pair of exciting back-to-back last minute one point victories, 18-17 in 2012 and 28-27 in 2013.
"We are extremely excited to host an all-star game that not only allows players, parents and fans alike the opportunity to experience an action-packed and competitive contest between some of the state’s top ranked schools, but incorporates time in the schedule for athletes to go out and make a difference in the lives of others," said Smith. "We are truly making this a community-wide event." Game tickets are $5 for high school students with a valid I.D. and $10 for general admission (Children under three admitted free).
For more information, contact Mario Smith or Claudienne Hibbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trusportsfoundation.org.