The 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas, TX will recognize youth and high school football players, coaches, and programs, connecting football's next generation to the newest members of the NFL family and officially kicking off the Play Football Summer Season.

Draft Week Youth and High School Football events will kick off with the NFL Draft Play Football Clinic, matching up local middle school students with the next generation of NFL stars. Additional events include the Play Football Prospects Family Brunch with parents of NFL Draft Prospects and local high school football families; local high school athletes and coaches will participate in Red Carpet festivities and help announce official Draft picks; andfootball clinics to kick off the Play Football Summer Season.

Media advisories with full details on each event will be issued throughout Draft Week.

NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and Character Playbook Hour

NFL Draft Prospects will lead more than 125 local middle school students in an NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and 750 local middle school students in the Character Playbook Hour on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 AM at AT&T Stadium. The Prospects will be split into two groups and participate in both activities.

During the clinic, participants will receive instruction from a group of Draft Prospects on on-field techniques and non-contact football skills, including passing, receiving and agility. The clinic will take place on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®.

Simultaneously, the NFL and the United Way will host the Character Playbook Hour on the West Platform at AT&T Stadium. Character Playbook will celebrate its second birthday following its launch at the 2016 NFL Draft after reaching more than 200,000 students and 2,000 schools nationwide. With Dallas Cowboys Center, TRAVIS FREDERICK, as emcee, teams of local students will be partnered with a group of Draft Prospects and will answer questions and complete quick challenges to vie for the title of Character Champion. Following the game show, Cowboys Legend and Community Ambassador DEMARCUS WARE will speak to the students about character and participate in a Q&A on stage with Frederick and NFL Draft Prospects.

Draft Prospects will be available to the media for a limited time following the clinic at approximately 11 AM on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®.

Thank You, Coach

For the first time, NFL Draft Prospects will have the opportunity to say, "Thank You, Coach" to the high school coach who most impacted their life and path to the NFL. Each Draft Prospect invited to the NFL Draft may invite his high school coach to Dallas to participate in the festivities and each coach will receive a $2,500 equipment grant.

Activities include a welcome reception, a behind the scenes Draft tour, and an opportunity to attend the 2018 NFL Draft and witness their former athlete join the NFL family.

Play Football Prospects Family Brunch

Parents of NFL Draft Prospects will join local high school football players and their families for a special recognition and networking brunch. On Thursday, April 26, families will participate in a special meet and greet opportunity and forum led by NFL Legend SCOTT TURNER focused on the values learned playing football.

Play Football Summer Season Kickoff Clinics

In celebration of the Play Football Summer Season, the NFL will host a series of non-contact football clinics for local youth on Friday, April 27. As Draft Prospects prepare to embark on their NFL journey, younger members of the football family will have a chance to play the game at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL Draft.

Play Football Summer Season clinics at Draft are free and open to the public. Clinics will be led by USA Football certified coaches with appearances by NFL players and Legends.

This summer, hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches will host youth summer camps and activities for kids across the country. Camps and activities will focus on teaching young athletes proper technique and will emphasize the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and the positive values learned by playing football. Families interested in registering may view a list of confirmed Summer activities on

Play Football Red Carpet Celebration

High school football programs from various school districts, including Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco will walk the Red Carpet and will be interviewed by media and aspiring high school journalists on Friday, April 27. High school cheer and dance squads will also participate in Red Carpet festivities.

NFL Legend and NFL Network talent WILLIE MCGINEST will host the event live from outside AT&T Stadium prior to the opening of Round 2 of the NFL Draft.

NFL Draft Play Football Family Football Clinic

The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30 – 2 PM. This event will give local kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football non-contact clinic with USA Football coaches while their parents listen to football-themed discussion panel on various topics from the X's and O's of the game.

The clinic is free and open to the public. Families may register for the free Family Football Clinic through Fan Mobile Pass.

Youth and High School Football Community Pick Announcements

To further celebrate youth and high school football, the announcement of several draft picks during multiple rounds at the NFL Draft will feature local athletes.


Football players from six Arlington ISD schools – Arlington High School, Bowie High School, Juan Seguin High School, Lamar High School, Martin High School, and Sam Houston High School - will take the stage alongside Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and represent the Dallas Cowboys during their Round 1 pick. Prior to the pick announcement, the teams will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft Prospects.


For the second consecutive year, Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be Play Football-themed and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football teams have been selected by NFL Clubs to announce Round 6 picks from various locations throughout the country.

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