400 kids took to the field at Qualcomm Stadium for the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl’s annual clinic.
SAN DIEGO – Boys and girls kicked off the summer sports season on Saturday with the Kaiser Permanente Youth Football Clinic. The chance to “play where the Chargers play” again drew large crowds and garnered excitement from kids and parents alike. Approximately 400 kids took to the field at Qualcomm Stadium to participate in the annual event produced by the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
The free clinic is designed to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and introduce a passion for football to kids of all ages. Boys and girls ages 6-14 participated in offense, defense and tackling drills led by Fast Play Athletics and Premier Athletics. Special guest instructors included former NFL players: Greg Camarillo, Ryan Lindley, Stephen Cooper and Marviel Underwood.
Former San Diego Chargers Running Back Terrell Fletcher delivered a motivational speech to an attentive crowd of kids to start the morning off on a high note. Fletcher is a University of Wisconsin alum and played with the San Diego Chargers from 1995 – 2002.
In addition, the clinic served as an official regional qualifier for the NFL’s national Punt, Pass and Kick Contest. This competition allowed boys and girls to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. The top finishers from each age group (listed below) now advance to a sectional competition at a date and time to be determined.
M: Noah Carlingay
M: William Quan
F: Kailey Carlen
M: Jacob Elias
M: Curtis Whitehurst
M: Clay Petry
This event was made possible by several bowl corporate partners including Kaiser Permanente, the San Diego Chargers, San Diego County Credit Union, The Mighty 1090, ESPN 1700, Cox Communications, San Diego Family Magazine, and Navy Dispatch.
The 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. PST at Qualcomm Stadium.