FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Nearly a dozen former Patriots players will gather this weekend to host football clinics in Springfield, on June 21, and Beverly, on June 22, to share years of football experience with local boys and girls. The one-day clinics, dubbed "Football for YOU," are free clinics provided by the New England Patriots Alumni Club (NEPAC) and The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation (NEPCF). The Springfield clinic will take place at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex at Springfield College at 1:00 p.m. and the Beverly camp will be held at the Endicott College Football Stadium at 9:00 a.m.
"The Patriots alumni are dedicated to giving back to the communities that inspired them throughout their playing careers," said NEPAC President and former Patriots center Pete Brock. "This is a great opportunity for kids at all levels of experience to be exposed to the benefits of organized sports."
The one-day clinic will include a special speaker to talk to children about his experience as a Patriots player and to encourage participants to make healthy lifestyle choices. Patriots alumni will instruct youth by coaching skill sessions throughout the clinic at every position. Many of the former players bring years of coaching experience gained following their playing careers.
Hundreds of boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are expected to attend the event. All "Football For YOU" youth will participate as part of the NFL's Play 60 initiative, which promotes healthy living among young fans. NEPAC values the clinics because they expose kids to football who may have never had the chance to participate in organized athletics.
Participation is free of charge and same-day registrations are welcome. Each child receives a T-shirt and Patriots gift bag. Children will also be treated to a free lunch following the clinic. For more information about the "Football for YOU" program or NEPAC visit www.patriots.com/community. The Irv Schmid Sports Complex at Springfield College is located on King Street in Springfield, Mass. and Endicott Stadium is located on Witch Lane in Beverly, Mass.
About the New England Patriots Alumni Club
The New England Patriots Alumni Club provides an opportunity for former New England Patriots players to remain actively involved with one another, the Patriots organization and the community. The organization's mission is to support and fund youth and high school sports programs throughout New England with an emphasis on football. To learn more, visit www.patriots.com/alumni.
About the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
The purpose of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is to support programs that aid the youth and families of the New England region by assisting programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family and health and fitness. To learn more, visit www.patriots.com/community.