FBU Event Summary

With the 2018 event concluded, TEAMINN would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the opportunity to partner with FBU, Collier County CVB, and the many top notch properties within the county, to be able to provide a superior event to the nation’s top football programs.

We believe that this year was of uppermost quality due to the professionalism, dedication, and passion of all of these organizations working together to create an event that will leave everlasting memories for the teams and their families traveling to the extraordinary city of Naples.

The FBU organization is like no other we have worked with previously. Their commitment to running this event is phenomenal – from their timeliness and level of communication, to the standards they set forth for their teams, to their commitment to the properties to ensure a positive experience by incorporating codes of conduct all players must sign, and bringing in a Director of

Security the week of the event, whose primary responsibility was to ensure there were no issues at each property behaviorally – this organization is definitely best in class.

At this time, we have been able to summarize the total room night counts and approximate revenue for Collier County. Please find below those numbers and reach out with any questions that may arise.

Generally speaking, and despite our efforts, 20% of event bookings do not get booked through
our platform. Therefor, we could realistically believe total room nights would calculate to 3433
and revenue would total $462,651.92.

While we believe this was a highly successful event, we continue to evaluate ways to grow and further develop it from the hospitality perspective for teams. Given that we have a significant more amount of time to prepare for the 2019 event, we believe it would add value having the opportunity to partner with restaurants, grocery stores, local attractions, and transportation to put together packages for participating families to bring in even more revenue to Collier County for this event.

It would be valuable to sit together with both the CVB and FBU to collaborate on ways to implement this. In addition, from the TEAMINN side, we are looking at the overall registration process and how we can further streamline that for qualifying teams, based on the timing of the event, which will also support the properties better.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with such an amazing community.

“This years’ experience with
FBU, TEAMINN, and Mass Elite
was top notch. We had great
communication from the onset
in preparation for the arrival of
the Mass Elite Football Team.
TEAMINN provided us with a timely
and accurate reservations list. PJ
VandeRydt, Coach for the
Mass Elite team, was a pleasure
to work with. His team behavior
was exemplary. We literally had
no issues reported during their entire
stay. The kids stayed on schedules,
and behaved in a courteous and
professional manner with all staff.
Great event, and we would like to
welcome them again.”
Jacob Damouni
Resort Manager
Naples Grande
Beach Resort

Championship Week in Naples has a hometown feel with numerous Collier County athletes & coaches

Youth football’s biggest event is back and taking over Florida’s Paradise Coast for the fourth year in a row. The best that southwest Florida has to offer will be on display, both suited up and on the sidelines from December 15-20, 2018.

Naples is an athlete’s paradise, and Championship Week of the 2018 FBU National Championship tournament is right around the corner. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

NAPLES CONNECTIONS

FBU Freshman All-Americans

-Dominiq Ponder  |  Quarterback  |  Naples High School

-Andre Dollar  |  Tight End  |  Naples High School

-Devin Moore  |  Safety  |  Naples High School

-Dylan McNamara  |  Safety  |  Community School of Naples

In the ten years of the FBU Freshman All-American Bowl, this year marks the third straight and seventh overall that at least one southwest Florida athlete from Collier County will suit up in the prestigious game.  With a total of four, this marks the most Collier County athletes ever in the FBU Freshman All-American Bowl. Past Naples-area Freshman All-Americans include Chez Mellusi (Naples High School, Clemson University) and Tyler Byrd (Naples High School, University of Tennessee). The FBU Freshman All-Americans receive star treatment throughout the week, similar to that of a college bowl experience. It is a glimpse into the future of college and professional football with the likes of Sony Michel, Dylan Moses, Trevor Lawrence, Will Grier and Christian McCaffrey having played.

FBU Freshman All-American Coaching Staff

-Spencer Adkins  |  Naples High School  |  University of Miami  |  Atlanta Falcons

-Jamelle Eugene  |  Naples High School  |  North Carolina State University

-Javarris James  |  Immokalee High School  |  University of Miami  |  New England Patriots

In addition to the star freshmen from Collier County, the coaching staff in the FBU Freshman All-American Bowl has a few star coaches with direct ties to Naples and Collier County. Three former high school greats — Spencer Adkins, Jamelle Eugene, and Javarris James — with college and professional experience will be patrolling the sidelines during Championship Week as FBU All-American coaches.

9U & 10U National Invitational

-10U Cypress Lake Hornets  |  Fort Myers, Florida

Local 10-and-under youth football program, the Cypress Lake Hornets, are competing in the second annual National Invitational tournament at the 10U level. This event showcases some of the best 10U talent in the nation, providing a tremendous level of national exposure to national competition for the local Collier County squad.

KEY EVENTS

All times are local

Saturday, December 15, 2018

-FBU Freshman All-American Orientation – 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

-Naples Beach Hotel Everglades Ballroom (851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples).

-Players, coaches, and AAG executive staff available for media interviews and photos.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

-Championship Week Kickoff – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

-Naples Beach Hotel (851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples)

-9U, 10U, 6th-grade, 7th-grade, and 8th-grade players and coaches available for media interviews and photos throughout the day. Open sessions.

-FBU executives available for media by request.

Monday, December 17, 2018

-FBU Freshman All-American Practices – 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

-North Collier Regional Park (15000 Livingston Road, Naples)   

-Players and coaches available for media interviews by request. Times will be determined with each request.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

-Beach Party – 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

-Lowdermilk Beach Park (1301 Gulf Shore Blvd North, Naples)

-FBU executive staff available for media throughout.

-Special Olympics Flag Football Game – 5:30 PM-6:00 PM

-Gulf Coast High School (7878 Shark Way, Naples)

-Parade of Champions – 6:15 PM-6:45 PM

-FBU National Championship finals participants

-9U & 10U National Invitational participants

-Gulf Coast High School (7878 Shark Way, Naples)

-FBU Freshman All-American Bowl – 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

-Gulf Coast High School (7878 Shark Way, Naples)

Thursday, December 20, 2018

-6th, 7th, and 8th-grade National Championship games – 3:45 PM-10:30 PM

-Gulf Coast High School (7878 Shark Way, Naples)

-Trophy presentation postgame

 

-9U and 10U National Invitational championship games – 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

-Naples High School (1100 Golden Eagle Circle, Naples)

 

Before Championship Week arrives, please feel free to reach out with any questions. For a full list of games and the entire event schedule, visit fbunc.com.

FBU Teams Making the Trip to Naples

Below are the teams that made Championship week in Naples, FL December 16th – 20th.

 

6th grade teams:

   *   Vegas

  *   Seattle

  *   Indiana

  *   Dallas

  *   Maryland Metro

  *   Massachusetts

 

  *   Georgia Football League

 

7th grade teams:

   *   Orange County

  *   Seattle

  *   Kentucky

  *   Dallas

  *   Maryland Metro

  *   Massachusetts

 

  *   Georgia Football League

 8th grade teams: 

  *   Orange County

  *   Seattle

  *   Kentucky

  *   Dallas

  *   Maryland

  *   Massachusetts

  *   Georgia Football League

Jeff Heuerman (BC Grad) Comes Home to Help Naples Youth

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman picked a special location to host his first youth football camp.

Heuerman, entering his fourth season in the NFL, gathered about 100 kids on the same field where he started his career at Thursday’s camp. Before winning a college national championship or winning a Super Bowl ring, Heuerman took his first snaps at Barron Collier High School.

“This is my roots,” Heuerman said Thursday morning before the camp started. “This is the first place I ever played football. Day 1 of my football life was here.”

Story from the Naples Daily News – Read the entire story here

Michael Walker (NHS Grad) Named Preseason All-American

Naples High School graduate Michael Walker, a senior at Boston College, has been named a fourth-team Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports.
Walker led the nation in combined kick and punt return yards (1,203) as a junior.

He was named to the All-ACC third-team as a return specialist. Walker was sixth nationally and first in the ACC with 13.1 yards per punt return in 2017.

Tony Dungy Speaker at SW Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy will be the speaker at the Southwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes celebration dinner on Thursday, March 22 at Naples Grande Beach Resort.

An auction will be at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. To reserve a table, go to swfloridafca.org. For more information, contact Charlie Weatherbie at (318) 372-8561 or Alli Coleman at (239) 348-5255.

Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. He coached Tampa Bay from 1996-2001, and Indianapolis from 2002-08. He became the first black head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Bears. He currently is an analyst for NBC Sports.

Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6, 2016.

Edgerrin James Named NFL Hall of Fame Finalist

A Home-Town hero, from Immokalee, FL. James was recruited out of Florida’s Immokalee High School by the University of Miami. He proved to be one of the most successful running backs in the school’s history.

James ranks third in all-time University of Miami rushing yards. He was the only running back in school history to post two consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, and he ranks first in school history with the most 100-plus rushing games (14). All single season records held by James have since been broken by former Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee.

Edgerrin was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame on April 23, 2009 at its 41st Annual Induction Banquet at Jungle Island in Miami.

For the second time, Edgerrin James, the greatest running back in Colts history, has been named one of the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. He has the distinction of being the only running back to advance as a finalist in the 2018 class. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet February 3, 2018, to elect the five players who will be formally enshrined in Canton.

James was statistically incredible, playing 11 seasons in total. He spent 7 of those with Indianapolis, and over the course of his career, amassed 12,246 rushing yards, 15.610 yards from scrimmage, and was named to 4 Pro Bowls.

Part of the “triplets” with Manning and Harrison, James made his mark on the franchise and the fanbase. “Edge” leads the Colts franchise in career rushing yards (9,226), rushing touchdowns (64), rushing yards per game average (96.1), rushing yards in a single season (1,709 in 2000) and most seasons with 1,000+ rushing yards (5).
Is this the year that James makes the cut and finds his way into the hall of fame? To be elected a player must receive a minimum vote of 80 percent during the selection meeting, and Harrison had to wait his turn before getting in last year himself. He would certainly be deserving of the honor, but only time will tell if this is his year.

FBU National Thanks and Wrap Up

3,500 athletes. 1,000 coaches and team managers. 40 team directors. 1 National Championship tournament.

On behalf of All American Games we would like to thank you for making the Football University National Championship tournament the standard in youth football. What has been labeled youth football’s biggest event continues to grow, and you have played a very significant role in our tournament’s growth. To see where we are today from where we started six years ago is a great testament to the support we have received, so we must express our gratitude.

This year we reached many milestones on the Path To Naples and enjoyed our best year in Naples, Florida’s Paradise Coast.

First, we broke ground on the land that will become the future home of Championship Week in Naples. Soon there will be a stadium dedicated to football in paradise, hosting the FBU National Championship in Collier County’s sports complex which will become one of the nation’s leading multi-sport facilities.

In total more than 4,500 families, athletes, coaches, team directors and fans ventured to Naples for Championship Week — from Boston to Los Angeles; Kansas City to Seattle; Rhode Island to Atlanta. The National Championship is all about uniting all-star athletes from all backgrounds, from every corner of the country and everywhere in between. Naples Championship Week this year was a perfect representation of this.

During Championship Week alone, the National Championship received more than 1,000,000 impressions and interactions across digital media platforms, giving athletes at 6th, 7th and 8th-grade unprecedented exposure to outlets all over the country.

There is no better place to be in December than Naples, Florida’s Paradise Coast. Especially if you’re playing football and competing for a title in the one true National Championship tournament. There’s a reason why it’s football in paradise.

What we have in store next year is monumental, so stay tuned for January 15, 2018, for an official announcement of 2018 tournament dates.

We look forward to what 2018 will bring youth football’s biggest event, and we are excited to have you along for the journey with us.

Updated FBU Schedule for Naples

FBU National Championships- Monday- Dec. 18 National Quarterfinals

6th grade

10 a.m. — Kansas City vs. Massachusetts at Community School

Noon — GFL vs. Maryland at Community School

2 p.m. — Dade vs. Dallas at Community School

4 p.m. — Tampa vs. Orange County at Naples High

7th grade

4 p.m. — Metro Maryland vs. Kansas City at Barron Collier

6 p.m. — Seattle vs. Massachusetts at Barron Collier

6 p.m. — GMSAA vs. L.A. Central at Naples High

8 p.m. — Dallas vs. Tampa at Barron Collier

8th grade

3:45 p.m. — Maryland vs. Orange County at Gulf Coast

6 p.m. — Dallas vs. GFL at Gulf Coast

8 p.m. — Seattle vs. Indiana at Naples High

8:15 p.m. — Dade vs. Rhode Island at Gulf Coast

9U

Noon — Cecil County vs. Kendall Kolts at Fleischmann Park

4 p.m. — Delaware Ducks vs. Gulf Coast Mustangs at Fleischmann Park

10U

2 p.m. — Delaware Ducks vs. Grayson Rams at Fleischmann Park

4 p.m. — Pittsburg Jr. Pirates vs. Cypress Lake Hornets at Community School

6 p.m. — Parkland Raiders vs. Cleveland Bombers at Community School

6 p.m. — West Kendall Dolphins vs. Lee County Hawks at Fleischmann Park

Tuesday Dec. 19

6th grade

4 p.m. — Consolation, Kansas City/Massachusetts loser vs. GFL/Maryland loser at Golden Gate

6 p.m. — Consolation, Dade/Dallas loser vs. Tampa/Orange County loser at Golden Gate

6 p.m. — Semifinal, Kansas City/Massachusetts winner vs. GFL/Maryland winner at Naples High

8 p.m. — Semifinal, Dade/Dallas winner vs. Tampa/West Orange winner at Naples High

7th grade

4 p.m. — Consolation, Metro Maryland/Kansas City loser vs. Seattle/Massachusetts loser at Naples High

4 p.m. — Consolation, GMSAA/L.A. Central loser vs. Dallas/Tampa loser at Barron Collier

6 p.m. — Semifinal, Metro Maryland/Kansas City winner vs. Seattle/Massachusetts winner at Barron Collier

8 p.m. — Semifinal, GMSAA/L.A. Central winner vs. Dallas/Tampa winner at Barron Collier

8th grade

4 p.m. — Consolation, Seattle/Indiana loser vs. Dade/Rhode Island loser at Gulf Coast

8 p.m. — Consolation, Maryland/Orange County loser vs. Dallas/GFL loser at Golden Gate

8:15 p.m. — Semifinal, Seattle/Indiana winner vs. Dade/Rhode Island winner at Gulf Coast

8:15 p.m. — Semifinal, Maryland/Orange County winner vs. Dallas/GFL winner at Gulf Coast

9U

Noon — Consolation, Cecil County/Kendall Kolts loser vs. Delaware Ducks/Gulf Coast Mustangs loser at Fleischmann Park

2 p.m. — Cecil County/Kendall Kolts winner vs. Buford Wolves at Fleischmann Park

4 p.m. — Delaware Ducks/Gulf Coast Mustangs winner vs. Cleveland Bombers at Fleischmann Park 

Tuesday Dec. 19 Cont.

10U

Noon — Consolation, Delaware Ducks/Grayson Rams loser vs. Pittsburg Jr. Pirates/Cypress Lake Hornets loser at Community School

2 p.m. — Consolation, Parkland Raiders/Cleveland Bombers loser vs. West Kendall Dolphins/Lee County Hawks loser at Community School

4 p.m. — Semifinal, Delaware Ducks/Grayson Rams winner vs. Pittsburg Jr. Pirates/Cypress Lake Hornets winner at Community School

6 p.m. — Semifinal, Parkland Raiders/Cleveland Bombers winner vs. West Kendall Dolphins/Lee County Hawks winnerr at Community School

Wednesday- Dec. 20 7:30 p.m. — FBU Freshman All-American Bowl, Team Adizero vs. Team Three Stripe at Gulf Coast High School

Thursday- Dec. 21

National Championships

6th grade

8 a.m. — Seventh place, at Community School

10 a.m. — Fifth place, at Community School

2 p.m. — Third place, at Golden Gate

3:30 p.m. — Championship, at Gulf Coast

7th grade

Noon — Seventh place, at Community School

2 p.m. — Fifth place, at Community School

4 p.m. — Third place, at Golden Gate

6 p.m. — Championship, at Gulf Coast

Thursday Dec. 21 Cont.

8th grade

4 p.m. — Seventh place, at Community School

2 p.m. — Fifth place, at Barron Collier

4 p.m. — Third place, at Barron Collier

8:30 p.m. — Championship, at Barron Collier

9U

8 a.m. — Consolation, at Fleischmann Park

10 a.m. — Consolation, at Fleischmann Park

2 p.m. — Championship, at Naples High

10U

Noon — Seventh place, at Fleischmann Park

2 p.m. — Fifth place, at Fleischmann Park

4 p.m. — Third place, at Fleischmann Park

4 p.m. — Championship, at Naples High