Draft week is upon us. Ironically, it is one of the most exciting weeks in football, and no real football is played. For many fans, the NFL Draft has a New Year’s Eve feel to it, providing hope and a clean slate for franchises to write down their resolutions. Resolutions can range from winning your division to just winning a game, but there’s one resolution that remains the same for every team; win the Super Bowl. Adding to the draft excitement is the NFL Draft Experience. Spanning the size of nearly 26 football fields, the free NFL Draft Experience is an expansive, interactive celebration outside of AT&T Stadium. Fans of all ages may participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more. By registering for Fan Mobile Pass, fans will enjoy an enhanced experience, receive a personal scan code giving them exclusive access to NFL Draft Experience attractions, and have the chance to receive standby tickets to the NFL Draft Theater. Additional information can be found at nfl.com/draft/experience.
NFL Draft Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown Celebration
For fans in the Arlington, Texas area this week, there are a multitude of festivities to enjoy. On Tuesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. almost 500 students from Dallas-Fort Worth area elementary schools will take part in the NFL Draft Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown Celebration located at AT&T Stadium. Created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, the Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutritional and physical activity program that encourages youth to make healthier choices. Hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, Dairy MAX, NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60, this celebration will recognize schools and students who have achieved “Touchdown” status. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a six-step program that focuses on healthy eating that provides energy for 60 minutes of physical activity. Led by Dallas Cowboys legends Demarcus Ware and Bradie James, students will take part in a pep rally and physical activities that reinforce the programs mission statement.
NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and Character Playbook Hour
On Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m., the NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and Character Playbook Hour will be held simultaneously at AT&T Stadium. The NFL Draft Play Football Clinic will take place on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®, where NFL draft prospects will run a football clinic for more than 125 local middle school students. This clinic will teach students techniques on non-contact football skills such as passing, receiving, and agility. Over at the West Platform at AT&T Stadium, Dallas Cowboys Center, Travis Frederick, will act as emcee for the Character Playbook Hour. In 2016, the NFL and United Way Worldwide powered by EverFi launched Character Playbook at the NFL Draft in Chicago. At the 2018 Draft, Character Playbook will be celebrating having engaged more than 200,000 students and 2,000 schools. During the celebration 750 local middle school students will be broken in to teams with NFL Draft prospects to compete in a game show and complete quick challenges vying to become Character Champion. Following the competition, Frederick, Demarcus Ware, and draft prospects, will participate in a Q&A session. To wrap up the event, students will enjoy a special performance by the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue drumline. At 11 a.m. draft prospects will be available to the media on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®.
NFL Draft Legacy Event and Ground-Breaking Ceremony
The City of Arlington, Dallas Cowboys, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation, and the NFL want to ensure this week’s festivities are about much more than just football. On Wednesday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m., the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys will be at Workman Junior High (701 E Arbrook Blvd, Arlington, TX 76014) to announce the 2018 NFL Draft Legacy Project, ensuring the impact on the community will last much longer than just draft week. Joining members of the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys will be the City of Arlington, Arlington Independent School District, and local Junior High Students from Arlington ISD.
Arlington ISD Community Quarterback High School Football Volunteer Challenge
As part of The NFL Draft community outreach, six Arlington ISD high school football teams were challenged by the Dallas Cowboys to complete service projects that impact their campuses and communities. Teams were eligible for grant funds provided by NFL Foundation complete projects such as community beautification endeavors, courtyard refurbishments, elementary-focused reading initiatives and more.
NFL Play Football Prospect Family Brunch
On Thursday, April 26, parents of NFL Draft prospects will gather for a special recognition and networking brunch with local high school football players and their families. Led by NFL legend Scott Turner, families will participate in a special meet and greet opportunity and forum focusing on the values learned playing football.
Play Football Red Carpet Celebration
NFL legend Willie McGinest will host an event live from outside AT&T Stadium prior to the opening of Round 2 of the NFL Draft where high school football programs from various school districts, including Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, will walk the Red Carpet and be interviewed by media and aspiring high school journalists – Friday, April 27.
Homes for Our Troops Ground-Breaking Ceremony
On Saturday, April 28, in Mansfield, Texas the NFL, in collaboration with Home for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping injured post-9/11 veterans rebuild their lives, will celebrate the start of construction on a new, specially-adapted custom home for Marine Corps veteran Omar Milan. This event will be open to the public and The NFL is providing Homes for Our Troops with a $50,000 donation to continue their mission to support post-9/11 veterans.
NFL Draft Experience
The NFL Draft Experienceship offers high school students the opportunity to learn and understand careers in the business of sports and sports marketing as they make decisions about the next steps in their education. This year’s Experienceship participants include local high school students who are participating in industry certification programs at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center that are relevant to preparing for the NFL Draft. Part One of the Experienceship took place in March. High school students attended the NFL Draft Production Meeting where they had the opportunity to learn about the strategic planning process behind hosting a premiere sports and entertainment event. Part Two of the Experienceship will take place on Friday, April 27 at AT&T Stadium. The AISD students will see the plans they witnessed at the NFL Draft Production Meeting come to life through a tour of the NFL Draft Theater and NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®. Throughout the tour, the students will meet with various NFL officials who will answer questions and provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes information. Post tour, the students will volunteer at various activations within the NFL Draft Experience, gaining valuable experience at a major NFL event.
NFL Play Football Clinics
The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30 – 2 PM at the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®. This event will give local kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football non-contact clinic with USA Football coaches while their parents listen to football-themed discussion panel on several topics.
The clinic is free and open to the public. Families may register for the free Family Football Clinic through NFL Fan Mobile Pass.
Additional clinic times:
- Thursday, April 26: 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- Friday, April 27: 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- Saturday, April 28: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
**Daily clinics are open on a first-come, first-served basis**
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact. Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, including the 2013 national award winner and former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman.
Once again, more details and information can be found at NFL.com/DraftExperience .
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