News: Local athlete participates in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
Story by Sgt. Samuel A. Nasso
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - Tito Windham is Recognized for Academic and Athletic Excellence; Selected to Play in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
The United States Marine Corps is recognizing exemplary student athletes across the country through the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Now in its third year, the game will feature 90 student athletes selected from across the country based on their athletic prowess, academic success and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Windham, cornerback from Harrison Central High School, Gulfport, Miss., is among those selected to participate in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The game will broadcast on January 5, 2014, live on Fox Sports 1 at 6 p.m. PST from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Windham will fulfill a childhood dream that he’s had since he started playing football when he was six, when he goes off to play at The University of Oklahoma next year. Windham plans to study physician assistance.
“It feels great to play with the best players in the country,” Windham said. “My father was in the Army for 22 years and to be able to wear this uniform and represent our country is a great opportunity.”
The student athletes selected for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl exhibit a drive similar to Windham in that they have more than outstanding athletic ability – they also exemplify youth leadership and are committed to building life skills both on and off the field.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is the culmination of the Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis Football Program, which also includes an All-American Selection Tour. Through the program, the Marine Corps purposefully engages with well-rounded student athletes to share leadership lessons that will enable future success.
“I’m here representing my father’s service for our country, my family, my hometown, and the country,” said Windham. “The guys out here are my teammates and we’re ready for battle.”