Florence, Ala. - The Shoals area will host the first ProGrass International Scout Bowl on March 15, 2013 at Florence's Braly Municipal Stadium, with the University of North Alabama serving as the host the football all-star game. The official announcement was made Thursday (Jan. 24) by ProGrass officials at a press conference at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa.
ProGrass, one of the world's leaders in synthetic turf, has partnered with EUROstopwatch and the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) to sponsor the event.
The ProGrass International Scout Bowl will feature some of the top professional prospects from North America and worldwide in a North vs. South game. These squads will be mentored by legendary coaches Sherman Lewis, Mike Gottfried and Bob Valesente, along will numerous other former NFL coaches.
The 70 competitors who get the opportunity to play will be seen by professional scouts from around the world. The game will also be televised and live streamed over the internet. EUROstopwatch will be hosting three special bowl combines where players can earn a spot on one of the rosters. The dates and locations of the combines will be announced via EUROstopwatch.com,facebook.com/EUROstopwatch and prograssisb.com.
The ProGrass International Scout Bowl will be part of a big football weekend in Florence as UNA will have its annual Spring Football game the following day (March 16) at Braly Stadium.
"The ProGrass International Scout Bowl is bringing me back to my roots," said ProGrass President Robert Thomas. "As a former collegiate coach, I really believe this is giving players that second chance to make a first impression. I believe this is such a valuable tool to help players fulfill their dreams. I'm very honored to be apart of the ProGrass International Scout bowl."
EUROstopwatch and the CDFL are coming together to promote Professional American Football internationally.
"We are really excited about what the bowl game will bring for Pro Football abroad, and thrilled that ProGrass is taking the CDFL and EUROstopwatch there," said Francisco Lujan Director of Operations for EUROstopwatch.
Each organization has strong backgrounds promoting American Football in North America and overseas. George St. Lawrence, founder of the CDFL, has always believed in giving players another chance to be successful. "Talent knows no geography, football is becoming an international sport.
The ProGrass game will be the connector to import and export football talent globally," St. Lawrence said. The CDFL initiated the first annual European-American Challenge last September in Warsaw, Poland.
The event drew 30,000 spectators, and created even more interest in American Football in Europe. EUROstopwatch ran professional football scouting combines in multiple countries including the U.S. over the past year. The top talent from these combines was promoted by Europlayers, the world's largest international football scouting website, then signed contracts to play professional football for various teams around the world.
This is the fourth bowl game the COFL will be a part of this season. The COFL already hosts the NCAA 0-1 FCS Senior Scout Bowl, the NCAA 0-2 vs. NAIA Bowl, and the 03 Senior Classic. All of these bowls showcase the top talent of the often overlooked divisions in college football. As a result several players have signed to play in the NFL after participating.
The ProGrass International Scout Bowl adds to the legacy of championship events hosted by the University of North Alabama. Braly Stadium and UNA have hosted the NCAA Division II Football Championship Game for the last 27 consecutive years, marking the second longest period that any NCAA championship on any level has been held at the same site.
"There could be no greater spot for the game," said Lujan. "The Shoals community has shown an appreciation for great football. Thousands of spectators and scouts from around the world are expected to partake in the game, making it the only one of its kind."
All proceeds in excess of the bowl game expenses will be divided equally between two significant charities. The charities are Team Focus and The Warrior Foundation. Both organizations benefit children who are over coming challenges which could have a large impact in their lives, providing adult guidance and financial need. Team Focus is more guidance related and The Warrior Foundation is more focused on scholarship assistance.
Courtesy ProGrass Media Relations