2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Wednesday December 31, 2008

What is it?

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 3, 2009 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, is the premier showcase for America's best high school football players. Like the McDonald's High School All-American Basketball Game is for basketball fans, the Army All-American Bowl is the place to catch tomorrow's college football and NFL stars.

The game isn't just about talent, though. Players are selected for their skills, but also for personal qualities, that mirror Army values, like strength, teamwork and dedication. Each player is paired with what we call a Soldier hero: an active, guard or reserve Soldier who has been decorated for service in either Operation Iraqi or Enduring Freedom. Soldier-player pairs spend the week preceding the game together; giving the players a better understanding of and appreciation for service in the Army, and the Soldiers a chance to mentor a future star. (U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni include NFL players Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson; and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.)

Many players announce their college selections throughout the game, making it a must-see for football fans. This will also be the second year featuring the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, comprised of 91 top high-school musicians chosen by the Music Educators National Conference.

What has the Army done?

The 2009 All-American Bowl will be the Army's ninth, and its eighth partnering with Sportslink, Inc., a leading sports marketing firm.

With each passing year, the Army's sponsorship of the game further establishes the Army as a strong supporter of academic and athletic leadership, as well as an attractive career option for those who display them. It also highlights the dedicated service of America's Soldiers, and gives them nationally-televised recognition for their sacrifices.

The Army continues to leverage the All-American Bowl to strengthen and enhance its connection with America's teachers, students, parents, coaches and communities, and to communicate to the public that Soldiers are the strength of the Nation.

What's next?

Be sure to watch as our U.S. Army All-Americans, All-American Marching Band musicians and Soldier heroes take the field Jan, 3, 2009; NBC will air the game live at noon CST.

Resources:

For additional information visit and to meet the players and musicians: U.S. All American Bowl Web site

Go Army Web site

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

U.S. harvests Afghan ties

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • New Year's resolutions- Army style (NB)
  • New York Guard readies for New Year's Eve (ARNews)
  • Fort Riley Soldiers, horses part of inauguration (KC)
  • USO program helps 'Black Jack' Soldiers stay connected (ARNews)
  • Ex-colonel sentenced in paternity case (AT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Pakistan launches assault in Northwest (WP)
  • Pakistan's offensive cuts U.S. supply route (WT)
  • Pakistan: Attack brings military focus home (WP)
  • U.S. to widen supply routes in Afghan War (NYT)
  • New rules complicate Iraq mission (WT)
  • Iraqis assume security responsibilities in New Year (NPR)

OF INTEREST

  • Armed Forces Inaugural Committee moves into high gear (AFIS)
  • Ex-Army engineer pleads guilty in NY to spy charge (LVS)
  • Opinion: Dealing with PTSD (WT)
  • Pakistan's probe finds local links to attacks on Mumbai (WSJ)
  • Stricter smoking ban set for federal offices (WP)

WORLD VIEW

  • Gaza conflict: Israel rejects immediate 48-hour truce (LDT | Story)
  • Israeli vessel hits Gaza-bound boat (AJ | Story)
  • U.S. to harness Afghan militias against Taliban (GRD | Story)
  • Warrants expected to slow arrests in Iraq (IHT | Story)
  • New Year canceled across Arab, Muslim world (AA | Story)
  • Iraqi shoe-thrower trial postponed (AJ | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Military intelligence is an oxymoron (SP)
  • U.S. Army using the iPod touch as a field translation device (IPF)
  • India, Pakistan pick up the red phone (Wired)
  • Thanks from an ETT team and the 101st (BH)
  • Home again (N2G)
  • Sometimes normal still stinks (SBz)

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Army introduces Cal Poly's Ellerson as new coach

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Events

2009: Year of the NCO

January 2009: National Eye Care Month

Jan. 3, 2009: Army All-American Bowl

Jan. 20, 2009: Presidential Inauguration

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