Saint Xavier University to Host Football Training Clinic led by Defending NAIA Football Champs

Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) 2011 NAIA Championship football team will kick off the 2012 season by hosting a football training clinic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 21. More than 50 boys ages nine to 18 are expected to participate in the clinic, which will be led by 10 of SXU’s top football players at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1250 W. 119th St., Chicago.

The Kroc Center children participating in the clinic will work closely with Head Coach Mike Feminis and some of SXU’s best players as they share what it takes to become a championship football team amid agility drills, training routines, and exercises.

“We have exceptional athletes on and off the field,” said SXU Football Head Coach Mike Feminis. “We’re excited to partner with the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and we hope to have a positive impact on the children by exposing them to the rigors of a football training clinic.”

Feminis said the tenets of a successful football team include hard work, extensive training, and exceptional teamwork – all attributes that contributed to SXU’s phenomenal 2011 NAIA championship. Feminis added that it’s equally important “to maintain outstanding academic records and to constantly seek out opportunities to give back to the community.”

“We have been praying that this year would be the year we could bring football back to the South Side of Chicago,” said Senior Kroc Officer Major David Harvey. “For years football has been disappearing from Chicago and the south suburbs. We believe the Kroc Center can help to bring back this sport and others through this state of the art center and fields. The only thing we were missing to kick this off was someone to help start the initiative and excitement, train and motivate our coaches and young people interested in football. It was a Godsend to have Saint Xavier University staff call and share that their football team would help get us started. We thank the team and university for believing in the dreams and talents of our kids on the south side. This is truly the beginning of a great partnership and miracle for us all. Our kids and the sport of football will never be the same.”

Partnering with The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center to create this fun training clinic is in accord with SXU’s Sisters of Mercy heritage to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good. Stay tuned for more charitable work from the SXU football team throughout the year as they defend their national championship title. Mark your calendar for the first game on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. against Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

For more information, please contact SXU Executive Director of Media Relations Karla Thomas at (773) 298-3937 or kthomas@sxu.edu, or Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Marketing Manager Felicia R. Horton at (773) 298-3274 or felicia_horton@usc.salvationarmy.org.