Saint Xavier University's (SXU) 2011 NAIA Championship football team will kick off the 2012 season by hosting a football training clinic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21. More than 50 boys ages nine to 18 are expected to participate in the clinic, which will be led by 10 of SXU's top football players at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1250 W. 119th St., Chicago. The Kroc Center children participating in the clinic will work closely with Head Coach Mike Feminis and some of SXU's best players as they share what it takes to become a championship football team amid agility drills, training routines, and exercises.
"We have exceptional athletes on and off the field," said SXU Football Head Coach Mike Feminis. "We're excited to partner with the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and we hope to have a positive impact on the children by exposing them to the rigors of a football training clinic."
Feminis said the tenets of a successful football team include hard work, extensive training, and exceptional teamwork – all attributes that contributed to SXU's phenomenal 2011 NAIA championship. Feminis added that it's equally important "to maintain outstanding academic records and to constantly seek out opportunities to give back to the community."
Partnering with The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center to create this fun training clinic is in accord with SXU's Sisters of Mercy heritage to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good. Stay tuned for more charitable work from the SXU football team throughout the year as they defend their national championship title.
Saint Xavier kicks off its 2012 campaign on Saturday, September 1, against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). The road game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in Bourbonnais, Ill.