Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard to address players and coaches at IFAF Under-19 World ChampionshipSteve Alic, Director of Communications Tue, 06/26/2012 - 4:13pm
WHO: DESMOND HOWARD, 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall-of-Fame inductee
All eight Under-19 national football teams participating in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship: American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama, Sweden and the United States
WHEN:4:30 to 6 p.m., Friday, June 29
*Media are welcome; Desmond Howard will be available at the end of program
WHERE: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 405 E. 23rd St., Austin
The Touchdown Club, eighth floor
WHAT: Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Fame member DESMOND HOWARD will visit and speak with all eight national teams participating in the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Austin, Texas. Howard will deliver his address as the keynote speaker for the IFAF Under-19 World Championship Welcome Dinner.
A standout wide receiver and special teams returner at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied 12 school records, scoring 138 points in 1991 to win the Heisman Trophy. The No. 4 overall pick in 1992 by the Washington Redskins, Howard played 11 seasons in the NFL. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXI after gaining 244 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, to help the Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots, 35-21.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Howard currently works for ESPN as a college football analyst.
USA Football’s Under-19 National Team is composed of 45 top U.S. high school players. The head coach is STEVE SPECHT, who has led Cincinnati St. Xavier High School to two Ohio big-school championships.
All 12 tournament games will be played from June 30-July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin.
CONTACT: Steve Alic, USA Football, 703-973-6182, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the IFAF Under-19 World Championship and the World Football Festival at: www.u19championship.com.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.