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NSEF to host Gridiron War IX Saturday
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published June 26, 2008

Nationwide Sports & Education Foundation (NSEF) will host their 9th annual Gridiron War football showcase on Saturday featuring some of the top high school players in the region.

The game will be held at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach at 3:45 p.m. and prior to it, there will be a clinic for kids aged 6-16 at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the game will go towards assisting the Los Angeles Demos Pop Warner Football Program.

Several of the players expected to participate were honored on the All-City team including Crenshaw trio Kemonte Bateman, Clint Floyd and Cameron Hart, Taft defensive end Craig Noble, Venice quarterback Richard Ragland and Fairfax defensive end Courtney Campbell.

Bateman and Floyd will attend Arizona State next fall.

Dorsey will be represented by running back Max Williams and All-City cornerback Francis McDonald.

Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year Donald Green (Compton) will also be featured along with UCLA-bound teammate and fellow All-Sentinel selection Datone Jones (Compton) and two-time All-Sentinel selection Darius Banks (Culver City).

From Pac-5 division champion Long Beach Poly comes wide receiver Patrick Walker and lineman Marcus Falanai while All-CIF defensive back Marsel Posey hails from Division I state finalist Corona Centennial.

Washington-bound David Freeman of Inglewood is one of three Sentinels to play in the game along with teammates Anthony Moore and Marlon Johnson.

The East team will be coached by All-Sentinel co-coach of the Year Calvin Bryant (Compton) while the West will be co-coached by Charles Mincy (Inglewood) and Dion Tolliver (Leuzinger).

Admission to the game is $12. Food will be provided by vendor Gilbert Cox from Louisiana’s Fried Chicken in Inglewood.

Over the past 34 years, the Los Angeles Demos have positively impacted the lives of boys and girls aged 7-17 through activities that stress values such as respect and education.

A non-profit organization that relies heavily on donations, the Demos has proved to be successful outreach program, as 85 percent of the youth in the program have gone on to receive a high school diploma while participating in athletics or some other activity.

48 percent of the student-athletes have gone to play college at some level while a few have gone on to the National Football League.

NSEF has supported and run the Demos organization for several years and along with alumni of the program, they have ensured that young people be able to pursue “Education Before Athletics”

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