The fourth annual MAC Clinic took place on Tuesday, July 28 at Ford Field. Approximately 550 Detroit PAL football players came down to this free youth clinic put on by the Mid-American Conference. Two dozen coaches and student-athletes from MAC institutions ran the clinic. This includes schools such as Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, the University of Toledo, and Central Michigan University.
The kids were all given a free t-shirt with the statement “Pursue everything. Compromise nothing.” during registration and were then escorted down to the field. Their families were able to stay in the stands to observe and take pictures.
The clinic opened with a speech from MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and Eastern Michigan University Assistant Coach Jay Peterson. The players all took a knee to listen to their words of advice before breaking off into teams to do drills. The eight different teams took turns doing football drills on agility, catching, tackling, and throwing. The players enjoyed the opportunity to learn from college level coaches and players, who taught them offensive and defensive skills, as well as proper techniques to promote on-field football safety and the importance of character development and good sportsmanship. It was great for our players to learn from college athletes who are playing at a highly competitive level while also pursuing higher education.
This was the biggest group of kids the MAC Clinic has hosted in its four year run. “It’s great! We started with 200 kids the first year and now we have 550 here,” said Greg Hicks, Detroit PAL Associate Athletic Director, “They look forward to the clinic every year.”
Every player in attendance also gets two tickets to attend the 2015 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field on December 4.