FOOTBALL UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO NAPLES FOR THE 2016 FBU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Media contacts:
Michael Obyc, 239-821-3909
Erin Smith, 239-465-1288
JoNell Modys, 239-580-8481

FOOTBALL UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO NAPLES

FOR THE 2016 FBU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, April 25, 2016 at Noon

Naples Grande Beach Resort

475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103

WHO: Speakers include Jack W. Wert, CVB Executive Director; Michael Obyc, CVB Sr. Sports Marketing Manager; Steve Quinn, Doug Berman and Coach Kevin Van Duser- FBU Staff; and Naples High Cornerback Tyler Byrd will be in attendance

WHAT: Football University National Championship and Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announce the return of the 2016 and 2017 Football University (FBU) National Championships to Collier County.

WHERE: Naples Grande Beach Resort – Sunset Veranda

WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2016 at Noon

WHY:  April 20, 2016 – NAPLES, FL – The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB in conjunction with Football University National Championship (FBUNC) and Naples Grande Beach Resort is hosting a press conference on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Noon at the Naples Grande Beach Resort located at 475 Seagate Drive, Naples Florida 34103. Besides scheduled speakers at the press conference, youth league directors and athletes that have previously competed in the annual tournament and who are from Southwest Florida will be in attendance, as well as Naples High cornerbackTyler Byrd, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this past year.

Officials at the press conference will announce the kick-off to the 2016 Football University (FBU) National Championship that takes place December 17- 20, 2016 in Naples.  The Championships will feature the top 24 teams out of 192 total teams from 16 different regions in the United States.

“We’ve been the proud hosts of this event for the past two years here in Naples, and it has shown great success,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Bringing the single biggest youth football event in the country to our destination not only supports our tourism industry, it gives young athletes a chance to compete on a national platform,” Wert said.

FBUNC strives to build a platform for young football players across the country to compete on the national level. Youth football players from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have the opportunity to represent their communities, states, and regions. The event will feature both the semi-finals and the final championship games in December. The final FBUNC championship games will be web-streamed on ESPN3.

Naples Grande Beach Resort is the FBUNC host property with more than 4,500 room nights anticipated for it and other destination hotels, generating more than $3 million in direct spending in the destination.

About Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB – Athletes in Paradise

The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official tourism marketing and management agency for Collier County, Florida, known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. The CVB provides information and assistance for travel media, group meeting and event planners, tour operators, travel agents, and sports event organizers. It is funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax collected by hotels, short term vacation rentals and campgrounds. No local property taxes are used to fund the CVB or its marketing campaigns and tourism industry support activities. For more information on sports tourism marketing, call 239-252-6293. Follow the destination on Facebook.com - Athletes in Paradise.

Michael Obyc
Senior Sports Marketing Manager
MichaelObyc@CollierGov.net
(239) 252-6293

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