Prep Players Learn During Out-of-State Football Trips

This is exactly why we strive to create events such as the Premier Health Backyard Blitz – to give national teams the opportunity to pair against local teams!

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/more-news/prep-players-learn-during-out-of-state-football-trips.html?topic=2,200&eid=61619403&bid=940875

Football Enrollment On The Decline

As a decline in football participation has become apparent in high schools nationwide, researchers have been curious to get to the bottom of the trend.  While different reasons are being thrown out for the cause of this steady decline, football enthusiasts around the nation are hoping for a change.

To learn more, check out:

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/more-news/some-kids-say-high-school-football-not-worth-the-effort.html?topic=2,200&eid=61619403&bid=915370

Premier Health Backyard Blitz In The Spotlight!

Centerville Reports Today conducted a wonderful full-length interview with Eric about the upcoming Premier Health Backyard Blitz.  We can’t wait for the event and it’s just around the corner!

For detail on the match-ups and game plan, check out the interview here:  http://mvcc.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=f8f6731d00eee6e48b95bdc1ceb1da2b

Backyard Blitz To Highlight The Best In HS Football

A great clip from our recent press conference for the Premier Health Backyard Blitz!

http://wdtn.com/2014/07/08/backyard-blitz-to-highlight-the-best-in-hs-football/

Centerville To Host First National Football Event

High-powered high school football teams from South Carolina and Illinois will trek to the Dayton area next month for the inaugural Premier Health Backyard Blitz.

Centerville High School will host the two-game event on Saturday Aug. 30th. It features:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2014/07/centerville-to-host-first-national-football-event.html?ana=e_day_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2014-07-09&u=yWCE4vCMVYuuufs8jVjoVrld/VQ&t=1405050582

Flyin’ to Hoop Founder Tries To Recreate Magic in Dayton With Football

The man who launched a small basketball invitational in Dayton — and turned it into one of the premier high school hoop tournaments in the country — wants to do the same thing with football.

Flyin to the Hoop Founder Eric Horstman says he will unveil a schedule next week for the new Premier Health Backyard Blitz. This first season for Backyard Blitz will bring teams from South Carolina and Illinois to Dayton. Premier Health is the title sponsor for the event.

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/2014/07/flyin-to-hoop-founder-tries-to-recreate-magic-in.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2014-07-03&u=yUCD+aqiM+CJjWQ9Euc/bjr/Ml&t=1404414655

AD Takes Bold Action With Resignation

Marc Sawyer’s strong words after an athlete-suspension controversy should trigger a change for the better.

Marc Sawyer did something few educators do nowadays. He spoke from the heat of his heart when he resigned as Westbrook schools’ athletic director last weekend. He couldn’t continue in the position he once considered his dream job because of the ‘incestuous culture of the community, individuals placing their own needs ahead of the overall group.’

His words and others like them were harsh and damning. They carried the pain of a native son who had returned to his hometown to succeed, not to fail. He wanted to teach and guide student-athletes in a community that had experienced a rebirth of pride in its sports teams.

Then came the party last fall where alcohol was available to under-age kids, including those same student-athletes. Suspensions by Sawyer followed. Some were rescinded, and suddenly all suspensions were lifted by Principal Jon Ross, who believed the process was flawed.

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/more-news/opinion-ad-s-resignation-words-should-ring-loudly.html?topic=2,300&eid=61619403&bid=848668

Sports Image Honored at JR Tucker Dedication Ceremony

We are happy to share this video mentioning our very own Sports Image franchisee, Glenn Harper.  Thanks to his hard work in securing a brand few football scoreboard for JR Tucker High School (VA), Glenn was recently honored in a dedication ceremony for the school along with some of the proud sponsors.  Both Glenn and the scoreboard can be seen in the first couple minutes of the clip:

http://henrico.k12.va.us/hcpstv/sw626-1.html

 

A Heartwarming Sports Story

Take a look a this heartwarming story of a local church adopting a high school football team to encourage support of the players and attract crowds to games.  A very inspiring story about Iriving High School’s lucky break:

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/10/18/irving-church-fills-the-stands-adopts-local-football-team/