Gridiron Classic Youth Camp Comes to Chicago

  Gridiron Classic Youth Camp Comes to Chicago

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- July 8, 2013

The Gridiron Classic (GIC) announced today an exciting relationship with NRG
Energy to bring the popular youth camps to the Chicago 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 July
20th 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 Chicago, as well as Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
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.

Chicago event details:

  *Date: Saturday, July 20
  *Location: Altgeld Park – Home of Hope Academy High School, 515 S.
    Washtenaw, CHICAGO, IL 60612
  *Registration: Online registration is currently open at Camp check-in and on-site registration begins
    at 8 a.m. on July 20.

“I am very excited to join forces with NRG and key supporters in the City of
Chicago to increase the offering of quality youth sports camps in the Chicago
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 Chicago and support the Gridiron Classic, which allows us
to make a meaningful difference in the great communities in which we operate.”

In addition to NRG, event sponsors and partners include the Chicago Park
District, Chicago Hope Academy, Lucky Strike, Gatorade, Nike, and Sinai
Hospital. For all information and latest news, please visit the official
Gridiron Classic website at

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 Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.


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