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.

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