(Wharton, N.J.)—SportsLink and Football University recently announced that Dontae Broadus, an eighth-grader from Turtle Creek has been selected to play in the second annual “Football University Youth All-American Bowl” taking place in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 10  The game will be broadcast live on the Web. The bowl honors the top seventh- and eighth-graders in the nation, bringing them together to play in an all-star format on a national stage. It is modeled after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will be held in the same city during the same week. Both games are produced by SportsLink.

The Youth All-American Bowl Week will showcase the top 44 seventh-graders the top 44 eighth- graders. Additionally, the week will consist of practices, a skills competition and break-out sessions with Hall of Famers, current and former NFL stars and celebrities, such as legendary high school football coach Herman Boone. The Youth All-Americans will have VIP access to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will also be honored during the game Jan. 9.

Broadus was one of more than 300 youth all-stars nominated for this elite honor. Athletes had to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape. The selection team—which consisted of scouts and youth coaches from around the country—narrowed down the field and interviewed all finalists.

Once selected, players can be profiled in SI for Kids as All-Americans, as well as featured in other media outlets, both local and national. Other national sponsors of the Junior All-American Bowl are Russell Athletics, Schutt Sports, Athletic Republic, World Sporting Goods and SI for Kids.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school football game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West matchup. Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson and Tim Tebow all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Football University is an invitation-only camp for elite-level youths and prep players focusing on teaching technical skills in a small-group setting under the professional tutelage of former NFL players and coaches.

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