More than 200 youths enjoy a splendid day of football and take the opportunity

to learn from several local stars now playing in the NFL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 200 youngsters enjoyed a sun-filled afternoon on the football field as the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and Positive Choices Inc. teamed up to host their annual free Youth Football Clinic this past Saturday at Deanwood Recreation Center in Northeast.

“What a great way for the Military Bowl to continue giving back to the Washington community,” DC Bowl Committee President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “We are thrilled to work with Positive Choices; Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and his staff do wonderful work providing opportunities for children to have a safe and structured environment. This Youth Football Clinic is simply a terrific event that makes such a great impact on so many children.”

Several professional players gave their time to speak to the participants and instruct them, including Chicago Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, New England Patriots defensive back Cyrus Jones, New York Jets defensive back Dexter McDougle, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, Detroit Lions defensive back Jalen Tabor (who participated in Positive Choices programs while growing up) and Washington Redskins defensive back Louis Young. Several University of Maryland football players and many former Friendship Collegiate Academy football players also served as instructors.

The clinic was presented by Events DC, while Under Armour provided apparel for the participants and Coca-Cola provided Powerade and water.

Following a dynamic warmup, the participants spent the morning doing drills to work on their footwork, techniques and agility. After a complimentary lunch that included talks from many of the NFL players in attendance, the participants retook the field and played games.

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About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman kicks off for the 10th time on Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, featuring a matchup between representatives from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO and other organizations supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its inception in 2008, the Bowl has donated more than $700,000 to the USO and provided more than 30,000 complimentary tickets for troops and their families. For more information, please visit