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The impact of the 2019 PRO BOWL PRESENTED BY VERIZON will extend far beyond Camping World Stadium through the NFL’s many community events planned for Pro Bowl Week in Orlando. From flag football games to PLAY 60 clinics and park revitalizations, thousands of local residents, children and their families will experience the positive impact and community spirit of Pro Bowl.
For the first time at Pro Bowl, the NFL will host PRO BOWLCOMMUNITY DAY on Saturday, January 26, when NFL Pro Bowl players will partner with youth, local, and national non-profit organizations in various activities supporting Community Service, Youth Football, Youth Health & Wellness, the Military Community, and Sustainability efforts. Through the NFL FOUNDATION PRO BOWL GIVEBACK, Pro Bowl players on the winning team may apply for a $10,000 NFL Foundation grant to be donated to the high school or youth football program of their choice. Also, during one practice, Pro Bowlers will be wearing special practice shirts adorned with the NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION logo. The shirts will be auctioned off via NFL Auction, and all the money raised will support retired players in need.
The following are some of the ways that the NFL will celebrate Pro Bowl Week and leave a positive impact in Orlando and the surrounding region.
Community Legacy Event to Kickoff Pro Bowl Week
To kick off the 2019 Pro Bowl Week festivities on Tuesday, January 22, the NFL will join the City of Orlando to rebuild and revitalize Ivey Lane Park (291 Silverton Street).
The volunteer work will kick off at 10:00 AM ET with brief remarks from attendees starting at 11:00 AM ET, including NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, and Jack Groh from the NFL’s Green initiative.
The opening remarks will be followed by a media availability with former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Following the press event, local high school football players from Maynard Evans High School and Jones High School will join community volunteers, Verizon Green Team volunteers and military members from the 143rdSustainment Command to plant trees and pollinator plants, build a community garden, and create an interactive play area. The newly revitalized space will be used for educational enrichment and outdoor activities.