March 30, 2011
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April 16 Youth Football Clinic Flier (PDF Format)
TELEVISION INFORMATION: Northwestern's spring football game will be televised at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, April 18. The Big Ten Network will stream Northwestern's spring game live at noon CT on Saturday, April 16 on www.bigtennetwork.com. Ted Albrecht and former Wildcat quarterback Brett Basanez will co-host the network's coverage.
The Big Ten Network also will have highlights and analysis from that day's Big Ten spring games at 7 p.m. CT Saturday on the Big Ten Spring Football Report with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Big Ten Network is producing seven episodes of Spring Football Report on Wednesday and Saturday nights from April 13 through May 4, and is offering a live television or internet broadcast for every Big Ten spring football game or final practice.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern is gearing up for the 2011 football season and fans are encouraged to do the same by attending the Wildcats' annual Spring Exhibition on Saturday, April 16 at Ryan Field.
Fans can begin parking in the east and west lots at 7 a.m. when the lots open for tailgating. The gates open at 10:30 a.m., and the exhibition begins at noon, weather permitting.
There is no true admission fee, but Northwestern Athletics, in its partnership with Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University, is asking that fans bring non-perishable or canned-food items for a food drive.
"Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University (CKNU) is excited and appreciative to be beneficiaries of Northwestern Athletics' annual spring football event," said Joanna Racho, CKNU's program coordinator. "Northwestern University and the Evanston community have always been invaluable supporters of CKNU by providing us with resources and volunteers to ensure our mission in providing meals to those in need is carried out."
All food donated at the Spring Exhibition will go toward CKNU's summer meal bags to assist families in need. For more information, visit their website at CampusKitchen.org.
There are a lot of activities planned for this year like interactive inflatables in the stadium, on-field games, face painting, concessions and a pre-exhibition youth clinic for kids who want to work on their football fundamentals. A special change this year is the adoption of the "Cool Down with the `Cats." Fans of all ages are welcome to come onto the field at the end of the exhibition, cool down with the team, and get pictures and autographs.
In addition, the deadline for renewing season tickets is April 16. Fans who have already renewed, renew at the game or purchase new season tickets at the Spring Exhibition will have the opportunity to spin a wheel at the ticket sales booth to win great prizes including autographed Fitz footballs, used game jerseys and more. Account executives will be on hand to answer any questions fans have regarding tickets.
For more information about the Spring Exhibition, email email@example.com.
SPRING EXHIBITION FAMILY ACTIVITIES
7 a.m. - Tailgating Lots Open - Start the festivities off right by bringing your friends and family out for some long-awaited tailgating in the east and west lots. Passes are not required, and parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
10:30 a.m. - Ryan Field Gates Open - Do not forget to bring your can of food or non-perishable item for the food drive!
10:30 a.m. - Youth Football Clinic (on the Turf Practice Field) - Before the exhibition, Northwestern Football will be conducting a football skills clinic for youth in the eighth grade or younger on the outdoor turf practice field, just north of Ryan Field. Download the clinic flier now!
Participants will have the opportunity to learn fundamentals while interacting with NU student-athletes. Registration must be in advance, and check-in for the clinic begins at 10:30 a.m. To register your team or league, contact Steve Polo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (847) 467-0967.
Noon - Wildcat Football Spring Exhibition - Much like last year, fans are encouraged to move around the stadium and check out the view from various seat locations. Ticket representatives will be standing by to talk about seat availability and prices. During the game, NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald will be mic'd up so all the fans can hear the action on the field.
Postgame - Cool Down with the `Cats - Approximately 15 minutes after the exhibition, fans will be invited onto the field to cool down with the `Cats, take pictures and get autographs from the team. There is also a special giveaway for all fans who participate.
All Spring Exhibition activities are weather permitting, so be sure to visit NUsports.com for the latest updates.
Join the Wildcat Football Family for the 18th Annual Northwestern Gridiron Network (NGN) Dinner and Auction at 5:30 p.m. The live auction, which consists of hundreds of items, will be set to start at 8:15 p.m. with Dave Eanet and Ted Albrecht of WGN as the auction hosts. Tickets for the event ($125 per person) can be purchased by calling Jean Yale at 847-491-3649 or by emailing Jean at email@example.com.
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