Courtyard by Marriott Donates to USA Football New Orleans League During Super Bowl XLVII

Courtyard by Marriott Donates to USA Football New Orleans League During Super
                                  Bowl XLVII

PR Newswire

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 1, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Courtyard by Marriott, the
Official Hotel of the NFL, kicked off its Super Bowl XLVII activities on
Thursday, January 31 by presenting USA Football with a $5,000 check at the
Courtyard New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter. The donation was
accepted by Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football and several
children from local youth football leagues. USA Football will distribute the
donation in the form of new equipment to New Orleans-area youth football
leagues, including the Southeast Louisiana Football League-St. John Heat,
Louisiana Youth Football, the Slidell Youth Football Association and Jefferson
Parish Recreation Department-East.

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"Our associates in New Orleans are extremely dedicated to their communities.
They have all worked hard over the past several months preparing for this
exciting week, and are very committed to contributing to the city's success as
host to the big game," said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand
manager for Courtyard by Marriott. "We are thrilled to start our celebration
here in New Orleans with this local contribution on their behalf."

The check presentation took place during the brand's special football
reception at the Courtyard hotel, welcoming passionate customers and guests to
the city. The hotel's lobby was buzzing with excitement with NFL talents Deion
Sanders and Christian Ponder while lively jazz tunes filled the air from Roots
of Music, a local organization that helps at-risk kids through music
education, tutoring and mentoring.

Throughout the season, Courtyard hosted similar events featuring NFL legends
at its hotels across the country, as a special tailgate treat for their
football loving guests and fans. Courtyard will host two more events in New
Orleans during Super Bowl XLVII, culminating with a VIP tailgate at the
Contemporary Arts Center on Sunday. Celebrating its 30^th anniversary this
year, Courtyard by Marriott will jumpstart its milestone year at the exclusive
Sunday tailgate with senior Marriott executives, NFL players and loyal

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About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the
United States, hosts dozens of 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 ( is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl

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