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Panini America On Location: Sights, Sounds from Panini Heart of Dallas Skills Clinic

December 31, 2012

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DALLAS — On a deceptively sunny, frigid Saturday afternoon, more than 150 Dallas-area Pop Warner athletes descended upon the Bishop Lynch High School football field for the inaugural Panini Heart of Dallas Skills Clinic, a unique community outreach program held in conjunction with tomorrow’s Heart of Dallas Bowl between Oklahoma State and Purdue at the historic Cotton Bowl.

While the field full of smiles was enough to keep most folks warm, special guest coach Tim Brown (the future NFL Hall of Famer and 1987 Heisman Trophy winner from Notre Dame) and several players from both Heart of Dallas Bowl teams were on hand to lead kids through a series of sweat-inducing, fundamentals-based drills.

The event was the centerpiece result of Panini America’s unique role as the official trading card and sports and entertainment collectibles partner of the Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank. It also provided a double dose of do-good for everyone involved: Local Pop Warner programs earned the opportunity to be part of a big-time New Year’s Day bowl game and Heart of Dallas officials engaged their bowl participants in a meaningful way while reinforcing to the community the primary objective and commitment of the Heart of Dallas organization.

As if being coached up by the NFL legend Brown and players from Oklahoma State and Purdue for two hours wasn’t cool enough, every kid who participated walked away with Brown’s autograph, a loaded goodie bag from Panini America and memories likely to last a lifetime.

But the fun didn’t end Saturday. Not even close. At tomorrow’s game (which will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 11 a.m.), the participating Pop Warner programs will watch the game from the truly unique vantage point of the Panini tent . . . on the field . . . just a short option pitch away from the Purdue end zone.

But we’ll have more on that tomorrow. Today, we’d like to bring you the sights and sounds of the inaugural Panini America Heart of Dallas Bowl Skills Clinic with the following video and gallery.

First, the video . . .

Now, the images . . .

10 Comments leave one →
  1. hudsonfan15 permalink
    December 31, 2012 9:55 am

    Looks like a great time was had by all, when you say frigid was it below freezing? That’s like every day for us here in the northeast Tracy! Thanks as always!

  2. Hunter Provance permalink
    December 31, 2012 10:04 am

    That kid in the original picture (bottom left of the photo) looks EXACTLY like Lebron James…

  3. Lucky Jim permalink
    December 31, 2012 10:13 am

    That’s awesome Panini does that! Keep up the great work Panini:)

  4. December 31, 2012 10:56 am

    Ugh Bishop Lynch :P
    They are our rivals!

  5. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    December 31, 2012 12:17 pm

    Awesome coverage and way to go Panini with the youngins. Must have been awesome to meet Tim Brown. Go Irish

  6. December 31, 2012 2:30 pm

    Great stuff! I’m sure the kids will remember it for a long long time!

    Best Wishes for a Happy New Year 2013 to all of the blog readers, Tracy, and everyone at Panini!

  7. December 31, 2012 2:33 pm

    So cool that you did this for these kids. Warms the heart. I’m sure that some of them will carry this with them for a lifetime. Wee need more programs like this to help make a difference.

  8. January 2, 2013 1:10 pm

    Thank you Panini! My boys with Arlington Thunder had a great time there and look forward to the years to come! We are very thankful and appreciative. The bowl game was top notch as well. You treated the players and families like champs. Thank you!

  9. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 16, 2013 6:28 am

    bet those kids were smiling for a week after…looks like a great day for all

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