News: 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Date Set For Jan. 7
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Scott Turner
WHARTON, N.J. – The U.S. Army All-American Bowl today announced that the 2012 edition of the game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Bowl, now in its second decade, will be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcast nationally, live on NBC. To-date, some of the nation’s top-ranked players have committed to joining the U.S. Army All-American class of 2012.
“For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has provided a national platform for elite athletes and musicians to showcase their talents,” said Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “We are proud to celebrate the athletes, musicians and Army strong soldiers who have participated in the Bowl, and look forward to welcoming and watching a new group at the 2012 game.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the country. The Bowl features the nation’s most elite football players and marching band musicians, and has honored more than 1,000 Army strong soldier heroes since its inception. It has been a launching pad for college and NFL stars such as Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Ndamukong Suh, Tim Tebow, Andrew Luck and Marcus Lattimore. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has produced almost 1,000 NCAA athlete alumni, and more than 180 alumni currently play in the NFL.
Already confirmed for the 2012 game are more than 50 of the Rivals.com’s “250 to Watch List” including six players who have a five-star rating:
Stefon Diggs (Our Lady of Good Counsel) Olney, Md.; Darius Hamilton (Don Bosco Prep) Ramsey, N.J.; D.J. Humphries (Mollard Creek High School) Charlotte, N.C.; Noah Spence (Bishop McDevitt) Harrisburg, Pa.; John Theus (The Bolles School) Jacksonville, Fla.; Shaq Thompson (Grant High School) Sacramento, Calif.
The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
The U.S. Army Accessions Command, a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted soldiers. In providing the force, the 18,391 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future soldiers and leaders for their initial military training. Commanded by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USAAC is located at Fort Knox, Ky.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sport marketing and event management company. National sponsors of the All-American Bowl include the U.S. Army, Gatorade, TapouT, NCSA, NewTek, Oakley, DCI-Drum Corps International, DeMoulin Uniforms, Football University, Jupiter Band Instruments, Rivals.com, Russell Athletic, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Schutt Sports, The National Association for Music Education, and Zildjian Cymbals.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com/events/aab.