News and Press Releases Bowl and Pre-Bowl Event

January 3, 2013

Kenyen Brown, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, announces that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama is collaborating with the Bowl, the athletic departments of Arkansas State University and Kent State University, Mt. Hebron Church Ministries as well as other local churches, Team Focus, Volunteers of America, the Mobile Chapter of 100 Black Men, and Mobile Community Action in order to use athletics as a means to reach at-risk youth between the ages of 10-15.

An “Enlarge Your Vision” meeting will be hosted by Mt. Hebron Church Ministries (the event will take place in the Bright Spot behind the main sanctuary) this evening from 6-8pm, where nearly 1000 area children will hear remarks from U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown, Mobile County Juvenile Judge Edmond Naman, Mike Gottfried of Team Focus, formerly incarcerated football player Henry Tooten, and several of the current football players for Arkansas State University and Kent State University. U. S. Attorney Brown stated, “The purpose of the meeting is to stress the importance of character to the young people in attendance, to encourage them to stay on the right path and to inspire to them to set high goals of achievement.”

Following remarks, the young people will have the opportunity to meet with the players and other speakers. The meeting will culminate with the 1000 young people being broken down into smaller groups to discuss what they might have learned from the meeting with possible mentors.

After tonight’s meeting, the entire group of young people will reconvene again to attend this year’s Bowl on Sunday night and will be seated in the south end zone area. The Bowl has generously donated nearly 1000 tickets for young people and 150 tickets for chaperones to attend Sunday’s contest between Arkansas State University and Kent State University. In addition to attendance at the game, the Bowl has invited the “Enlarge Your Vision” group of young people to participate in tailgate festivities prior to the game in the Kidzone. Within the Kidzone the young people will have the opportunity to climb a rock wall, as well as other activities. The group will also be provided with hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and a Bowl tee shirt at no cost.

Over fifteen churches will be participating in the events, with some coming as far away as Washington and Clarke Counties. A similar event will be held prior the Senior Bowl in late January. Additional Note: U.S. Attorney Brown, Judge Edmond Naman, Mike Gottfried, Henry Tooten, and Pastor Joe Johnson of Mt. Hebron Church Ministries will be available for interviews at 5:30pm at the Bright Spot of Mt. Hebron Church Ministries.

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