Panini America Hosts Current, Future NFL Stars at Pop Warner NFL Experience Event

January 30, 2013


NEW ORLEANS – Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, and Panini America, the Official Trading Card Partner of the NFL, NFL Players and Pop Warner, will host the Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic on Saturday, February 2 at the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Experience driven by GMC in New Orleans a the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as part of Panini America’s Super Bowl XLVII Week festivities.

The Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic which will feature more than 75 Pop Warner kids participating in a skills and drills clinic that will be led by NFL stars Doug Martin (a Rookie of the Year candidate and running back from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kyle Rudolph (the Pro Bowl MVP and tight end for the Minnesota Vikings). Martin and Rudolph will be joined by former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, the highly touted NFL Draft Prospect.

For the past six years, Panini America has hosted Pop Warner participants in the Super Bowl host city, giving them an opportunity to experience the excitement of Super Bowl week festivities and the ability to interact with NFL Players. In addition to the Skills Clinic, Panini America will make a charitable donation to the local Pop Warner league participating in the skills clinic.

“Panini America truly understands that the mission of Pop Warner entails creating lifelong memories for our participants that go beyond the playing field, said Mary FitzGerald, CEO of Pop Warner Little Scholars. “Offering Pop Warner players the opportunity to partake in first-class events  such as the annual Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic with future and current NFL players, and offering collectible products that our kids are so excited about, help us fulfill that mission.”

“The Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic is a truly special event that brings the excitement of the NFL’s Super Bowl week festivities to Pop Warner participants in the host city,” said Jason Howarth, Vice President of Marketing for Panini America. “It’s a way for us to provide Pop Warner participants the opportunity to interact with the current and future NFL Players they enjoy watching on Sunday and collecting through our NFL trading cards and NFL Sticker Collection.”

For highlights, interviews and photos of the Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic, you can visit the Pop Warner Website and The Knight’s Lance, the official blog of Panini America.