May 28, 1999

NFL Tochito School Championship, Coaches Clinic Highlight "American Fooball Weekend" in Mexico City

Barbecues fired up across the states…a burgeoning football interest heating up south of the border.

That's on the holiday schedule this Memorial Day weekend, highlighted by a "Flag Football Weekend" in Mexico City.

Two unique events highlight the "Football Weekend" in Mexico City from May 29-31.

On Saturday, the NFL Tochito School Championship, the NFL's five-on-five flag football youth program, will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Camp Bucaneros/Redskins in Nauc-alpan (Av. Lomas Verdes S/XL, Enfrente Parque Naucalli, Naucalpan, Edo.).

More than 50 teams from 25 schools will compete in four age groups in the tournament. All participants will receive T-shirts and first-place finishers in each age group also receive trophies.

Then on Monday, as part of a new partnership with Fademac, a Mexico City youth football organization, three successful college coaches will join former New York Giants kicker Raul Allegre to present the NFL-Fademac Coaches Clinic for more than 200 local coaches. The clinic will take place at Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Unidad Profesional Zacatenco, Camp Pieles Rojas del IPN, Juan de Dios Batiz, Colonia Linda-vista.

"This is a terrific weekend in Mexico City," says NFL International Managing Director Don Garber, "one that combines our grass roots and football development programs. In particular, the coaches' clinic is significant since it will be our first event jointly promoted with Fademac."

The NFL-Fademac Coaches Clinic, which will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will focus on flag football drills and how to move on to the next phase of the sport, tackle football. Joining Allegre will be Robert Thompson (line play), former offensive line coach at Boston University who has directed more than 100 NFL youth camps and clinics; Tommy Groom (RBs, LBs), who was a college coach for 32 years; and Jerry Eisaman (QBs, WRs, DBs), who spent 35 years on the collegiate level where he coached future NFL quarterbacks Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich and Neil O'Donnell.

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