Gridiron Classic Youth Camp Comes to Philadelphia

  Gridiron Classic Youth Camp Comes to Philadelphia

Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA -- June 20, 2013

The Gridiron Classic (GIC) announced today an exciting relationship with NRG
Energy to bring the popular youth camps to the Philadelphia area. The Gridiron
Classic offers a one-of-a-kind sports platform for youth ages 8–17 to meet and
play with pro-football players and celebrities. The event will take place June
29th and will feature former Miami Dolphin Alphonso Roundtree, current and
former professional athletes, and local community leaders.

First started in Houston in 2009, the Gridiron Classic success prompted the
expansion this year to Philadelphia, as well as Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Each city’s activities will include youth football and cheerleading camps,
celebrity player meet-and-greets, a health fair, a High School Stud Combine,
and a celebrity flag football game. Participants will be admitted on a
first-come, first-serve basis, based on camp and event capacity.

Philadelphia event details:

  *Date: Saturday, June 29
  *Location: Gambrel Recreation Center 1900 Wakeling Street, Philadelphia, PA
    19124
  *Registration: Online registration is currently open at
    www.thegridironclassic.com. Camp check-in and on-site registration begins
    at 8 a.m. on June 29.

“I am very excited to join force with NRG and key supporters in the City of
Philadelphia to increase the offering of quality youth sports camps in the
Philadelphia area,” shares Alphonso Roundtree, Executive Director and Founder
of Gridiron Foundation of Triumph and organizer of the Gridiron Classic. “We
are continuing to grow our program and expand our reach. We are focused on
creating youth camps that provide meaningful and memorable experiences that
positively impact young people regardless of background, economic status or
athletic ability.”

Each year, GIC offers an unrivaled opportunity for children to interact with
and learn from influential thought leaders, celebrities, and youth advocates
in the sports and business community. This year promises to be one of the
biggest years for the Gridiron Classic to date.

“Empowering local programs is very important to NRG and its employees,” said
Manny Rodriguez, Vice President of Sponsorship and Charitable Giving, NRG. “We
are proud to serve Philadelphia and support the Gridiron Classic, which allows
us to make a meaningful difference in the great communities in which we
operate and where our employees call home.”

In addition to NRG, event sponsors and partners include Philadelphia Dept of
Parks and Recreation, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Lucky Strike, and Body
Armor. For all information and latest news, please visit the official Gridiron
Classic website at www.thegridironclassic.com.

About Gridiron Classic

Beginning in the city of Houston in 2009, the Gridiron Classic, now in its
fourth year, continues to grow rapidly and has established a strong reputation
for using the power and influence of sports to positively impact the lives of
young people. Additional information is available at
www.thegridironclassic.com. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
@gridirongift.

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We
deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the
nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel,
nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is challenging
the U.S. energy industry by becoming one of the largest developers of solar
power, building the first comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem, and
providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to better
manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation
capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity
providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than
two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Contact:

Gridiron Classic
Nikki Barjon, 404.514.9992
nikki@thebarjongroup.com
or
NRG
Shabina Zakaria, 713.537.2159
Shabina.zakaria@nrgenergy.com