FBU Top Gun is Back to Naples

Good day!  Hope this finds you all well.  Just wanted to give you a update about our events coming up this year.

We are excited to bring FBU Top Gun back to Naples for its second year.  The event will run July 8th , early registration, to July 11th.  We expect families will come early and stay late much like last year.  Below is the link to the Top Gun event.

https://footballuniversity.org/top-gun/

Our second event, the FBU National Championship, will be held December 17th – 21st with teams starting to do there booking after the regional events on December 3rd & 4th.  For more information on this event go to www.fbunc.com

We are excited to bring the two BIGGEST football events in the country to Collier County.  Our 3rd party hotel agent will be in touch with you soon to send more details on FBU Top Gun.  Her name is Michele Hughes and will be calling from our partner company –  3Step.  Please be looking for her contact in the coming days.

Lastly, the FBU National Championship is booked with Collier County for the next 4 years and will always run around the third weekend in December.  Unfortunately, teams cannot book until they know they have won their regional games 2 weeks before, so bookings for the most part won’t happen until that Sunday night, December 3rd, 2021.

We look forward to another great year of FBU events and bringing the best of the best to Collier County!!

#PathToNaples is off to a great start!

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.