More than two hundred students from The School District of Palm Beach County schools will participate in the NFL Greats, past and present fundraisers on June 14-16, 2012. Students that attend Palm Beach Gardens Community High, Suncoast Community High, William T. Dwyer High, Glades Central Community High, Pahokee Middle/Senior High, and Inlet Grove Community High will all be present at the event.
NFL players Abe Elam of the Dallas Cowboys, Anquan Boldin of the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Fred Taylor will headline the Youth Recreation Association’s annual NFL weekend gala June 14-16, 2012.
The proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit Youth Recreation Association of Palm Beach County and its athletic programming across the County.
The relationship that Youth Recreation Association has with NFL stars, past and present, is legendary and nearly 50 years in the making. Youth Recreation Association Athletic Director and Founder Dan Calloway began the organization in 1965 while working with the Riviera Beach parks department, meeting young athletes who had the skills and drive to go all the way, but no money to help make it possible.
Mr. Calloway began a fundraising effort that helped Lemar Parrish make it to Lincoln University for example and Anthony Carter to University of Michigan and that continues unabated. Now, Calloway helps his former recruits to help others. Mr. Calloway said, “Athletes in the past should have done more for the kids in their community as it relates to teaching the young kids respect and the fundamentals of life as well as self discipline as a means of helping produce productive citizens”.
Weekend event highlights include:
- A star-studded football camp for young players aged 8 to 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Cardinal Newman High School’s football field. Mr. Elam is a graduate of the school. The camp is free and open to the public and will feature mentoring, training and coaching by NFL giants including Anthony Carter, Lemar Parrish and Ottis Anderson.
- On June 15, the Youth Recreation Association will host a golf tournament at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter. The day starts with lunch at noon followed by a scramble at 1 p.m. Participation is limited to 30 teams; cost is $200 per person or $800 per four-member team.
- Finally on June 16, an awards and recognition dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at The Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club of Riviera Beach, also known as the “The Max”. Cost is $50 per person; tables of 10 are $500.
For more information please contact Athletic Director Dan Calloway, 561-531-9184.