(Miami, OK) – The City of Miami’s Convention & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association will host the 2011 Oklahoma 8-Man All Star Football Week in Miami.  Eighty of the top players from across the state will arrive in Miami on June 21st for a full week of activities leading up to the Green vs. Gold Showdown that will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th.  The game will be played at Robertson Field on the campus of NEO A&M College.  Twenty coaches representing the 8-Man Football Association will guide and train these players throughout their weeklong stay in Miami, leading up to this All-Star Event. 

The All-Star Game was designed to reward and honor the finest players.  Nearly 4,000 fans from across Oklahoma are expected to attend the game with college recruiters and scouts also in attendance.  In addition to the game, the All-Star Event provides scholarships for the players.  “Each year, we present ten one-thousand dollar scholarships for a total of $10,000” says Stacey Satterwhite, chair of the local 8-Man Week Planning Committee.  “This happens because of the continued support of corporate sponsors and the commitment of the local community and volunteers that work to make this event successful.” 

The event is organized by the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association.  Corporate Sponsors for this event are Touchstone Energy, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Miami CVB, and the Oklahoma Center for Orthopedics/Dr. Sean O’Brien.  Additional event sponsors include PlayLand Lanes, City of Miami, Max-Preps, Sooner Printing, KGLC, Miami News Record, Allen Sign Studio, Osborn Drugs, NEO Football, Coleman Theatre, Miami Friends Church, Miami First Baptist Church, Cardin Baptist Church of Miami, Russell Athletics, NEO A&M College, Miami Rotary Club, Miami Lions Club, Miami Kiwanis Club, Miami Schools, Tote Along, Gary Crow, Dr. Mark Folks, Peoria Ridge Golf Course, The Coleman House Restaurant/Buffalo Run Casino, Alert Services, and the Miami Fire Department. 

Coach Lyle Welsh will be inducted into the 2011 OEMFCA Hall of Fame.  Special recognition will be held at the Awards Banquet which will take place on Friday, June 24th in the NEO Ballroom.  Guest speaker for the banquet will be former 8-man football standout and University of Tulsa Coach James Killian.  Reservations for the banquet are required.      

This year, twenty-one All-Star Cheerleaders from across the state will be on hand to cheer on both teams.  The girls were nominated by their cheer coaches and selected by a committee to participate in the game.  The All-Star Cheer Team will perform at halftime of the game.  They will also be recognized at the Awards Banquet.

“Eight-Man Week is an exciting time for the City of Miami”, says Amanda Davis, CVB Director.  “We look forward to welcoming the players, coaches and their families into our community and invite fans from everywhere to join us at the game on Saturday.”  Organizers for the event say a record number attended last year’s game and larger numbers are expected for 2011.  Davis adds, “The four-state area loves football and this event gives everyone an opportunity to experience the game at its best before the official football season fires back up this fall.  It is a great time for fans of all ages.” 

Cost for the game is $6 for adults and $3 for students.  Game Merchandise and Concessions will be available.  Gates at NEO’s Robertson Field will open at 5:30 p.m.  For more information about the game, please contact the Miami CVB at 918.542.4435. 

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Contact Information:

Amanda Davis, Executive Director

Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Miami

8-Man Football Week Coordinator

101 North Main Street – Miami, OK  74354

918.542.4435 (Office) or 918.533.2257 (Cell)

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