INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Sports Corp and its partners have collaborated to organize a variety of community events surrounding the Big Ten Football Championship Game Weekend highlighted by the Youth Football Officials Clinic, FOX Sports Cares Night and Geared for the Holidays Equipment Drive and Day of Service. All programs are set to take place on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 prior to the championship game Saturday evening.
New in 2017, a Youth Football Officials Clinic will be held at the Indiana Convention Center inside Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-9 p.m. The clinic attracts potential officials ages 14 and up from the greater Indianapolis area with the program aimed to combat the statewide shortage of high school and middle school football officials. Those that attend will take part in a certification course, including both classroom and on-field training, and be able to officiate middle school football. Registration is required and can be done at www.IndianaSportsCorp.org/Youth-Programs.
FOX Sports is opening its Fan Fest doors to Special Olympics Athletes of Indiana for clinics and fun on Friday, Dec. 1 for FOX Sports Cares Night. Nearly 100 Special Olympics of Indiana athletes will take part in basketball, football and cheerleader clinics. The cheerleaders will have the opportunity to showcase their routine at a “closing ceremony” where trophies will also be awarded to each participant. The clinics will begin at 5:30 p.m. concluding with a cheer performance and awards program beginning at 7 p.m. The clinic is currently sold-out but open to the public to attend with admission to Fan Fest.
For the second-straight year, Indiana Sports Corp is leveraging the generosity of fans, alumni, visitors and residents of the Indianapolis area to get involved by volunteering their time for the Geared for the Holidays Equipment Drive and Day of Service presented by Faegre Baker Daniels. Participants will gift wrap new sporting equipment on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10:00 am – Noon at the Indiana Convention Center. All wrapped items will be donated to local youth organizations in time for the holidays. There will be many opportunities leading up to the Championship weekend for people to donate equipment and/or money to purchase equipment for this very special day of service. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org/B1GF... and to donate, visit http://bit.ly/2zVBMkd.
For a complete list of Big Ten Football Championship Game ancillary events and activities, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.
Indiana Sports Corp’s mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events which drive economic vitality, facilitate a vibrant community with civic pride, garner national and international media attention and create opportunities for our youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.