Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Hosts Free Youth Clinic

Photo By: Photo by Melssa Macatee/CBAA
It's not every day that area youth receive an opportunity to hone their football skills on the turf of AT&T Stadium. On Tuesday morning, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic hosted more than 200 local youth, ages 11-14, in a free football clinic. Coaches from college programs throughout Texas guided the youngsters thru three hours of drills, emphasizing offensive and defensive fundamentals that will prove beneficial as they advance in youth sports. The on-field activities concluded with a "Fastest Man" competition. In addition to the football drills, the event included a dance clinic led by former Kilgore College Rangerettes. More than 50 dancers performed a routine for all the participants to enjoy at the end of the clinic. After the footballs and pom poms were put away, the fun continued when Jonathan Beasley, the Outstanding Offensive Player of the 2001 Cotton Bowl Classic, spoke to the kids. The former Kansas State quarterback guided the Wildcats to a 35-21 victory over Tennessee by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. Now the offensive coordinator at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Beasley has served as a member of the Youth Clinic's coaching staff the past seven years. "About a third of our participants had never been to AT&T Stadium before Tuesday," Rick Baker, President/CEO of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic said. "We wanted to create a memory for these young men and women that will hopefully last a lifetime."
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