MAC, Ford Field Join NCAA Football to Host Youth Clinic on July 22

Updated 7/8/2013

– Boys and girls ages 5 to 13 from Detroit, Michigan, Detroit PAL and the surrounding region are invited to attend the NCAA Football Youth Clinic Hosted by the Mid-American Conference and Ford Field on Monday, July 22 from 4-7 p.m., a free clinic of football skills and drills training at Ford Field. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with over 25 college football coaches and student-athletes from the MAC; run offensive, defensive and agility drills; learn proper techniques to promote on-field football safety; and learn about the importance of character development and good sportsmanship.
“The NCAA Football Youth Initiative is an incredible program and we are proud to partner with them for the third consecutive year in hosting a youth clinic,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “This is a great opportunity for the youth in the Detroit Area to work with top collegiate coaches and we look forward to increased participation and attendance this year.”
“Learning football fundamentals, proper technique and safety is essential to youth football players’ success on the field,” said Bob Vecchione – chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiative Committee. “NCAA Football youth clinics provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn these valuable skills and more importantly, to learn the invaluable character-building and sportsmanship lessons needed to be successful off the field.”
Registration is now open for the NCAA Football Youth Clinic Hosted by the Mid-American Conference and Ford Field. For more information or to register, please visit, or call 216.566.4622.
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About NCAA Football’s Youth Initiative
NCAA Football’s Youth Initiative began in 2007 when NCAA Football USA, Inc. provided $750,000 in grants, equipment and uniforms to help rebuild the New Orleans Recreation Department's youth football league following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, NCAA Football committed $1.5 million to develop a three-pronged national youth program comprising youth clinics, apparel grants and a legacy gift. More than 30,000 young athletes have been positively impacted since the program’s inception. For more information, visit
Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 11 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school – University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. -- is an affiliate member for football only.
Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947).  The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only.  The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, is comprised of more than 1.82 million square feet with four levels of suites, a level of club seating, and a ground level designated for restaurants, concessions and retail. The $500 million complex boasts a seven-story atrium within the warehouse. 
Ford Field, one of the nation’s most exciting and dynamic sports and entertainment venues, is located in the heart of Detroit’s burgeoning sports and entertainment district, which includes Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers) and the historic Fox Theatre.
Ford Field has successfully hosted the 2006 Super Bowl XL, 2007 WrestleMania 23, the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship, and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four Championship.
NCAA Football Media Inquiries: Telleen Gegner,, 404.814.1330
MAC: Kerri Krawczak, 216.566.4622
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