Hempstead, NY (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
The 17th Annual UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge will showcase the brightest football talent from Long Island and New York City to raise awareness and funds to fight cystic fibrosis and support youth football in the New York metropolitan area. Boomer Esiason, co-host of WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton Show” and chairman of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, today announced the details of the event, which will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm.
Highlights of the day’s event include:
Created in 1996 by Boomer Esiason, the UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge acts as a fundraising benefit for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, the Gunnar H. Esiason Endowment Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University, as well as local youth football programs. This game has grown to become a crowning achievement for high school football players throughout the New York metropolitan area.
A number of local and international companies have teamed up with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, including UnitedHealthcare, Under Armour, New York Jets and many others. They aim to raise significant funds via the event. “UnitedHealthcare is committed to helping improve the health of our communities so we are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Boomer Esiason and his foundation,” said Bill Golden, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of New York. “While the Empire Challenge recognizes the best area high school football players, the funds raised not only help fund cystic fibrosis research but also support local youth sports programs to help kids get active – and start them on a path to a lifetime of physical activity and wellness.”
The Boomer Esiason Foundation, which boasts a long tradition of fund raising in conjunction with these trusted companies, to date has raised over $90 million. “The support these companies have provided to the Boomer Esiason Foundation is a great example of how corporate America can make an impact in bettering the communities where employees work and live,” said Esiason. “Their support for the Foundation will be used to improve the lives of all those afflicted with cystic fibrosis.”
Kickoff for the event is set for 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. A series of pre-game ceremony activities are also planned. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the James M. Shuart Stadium ticket booth on game day, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Empire Challenge Foundation:
Empire Challenge Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose primary goals are to provide financial assistance to research aimed at finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and to promote youth football programs. Through an annual high school all-star football game, Empire Challenge Foundation, Inc., along with its corporate sponsors, raises money for the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s fight against cystic fibrosis, contributes to the Gunnar H. Esiason Endowed Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University, and supports youth football in the New York metropolitan area.
The Boomer Esiason Foundation:
The Boomer Esiason Foundation is a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. For more information, please visit http://www.esiason.org
New York City / Long Island All-Star Team Practice Schedule:
Media Credentials (Team Practices):
Media Credentials (Game Day):
UnitedHealthcare Sports Expo (Tuesday, June 19th):
This year, the game and its surrounding events will keep the same traditions but will feature an exciting new twist . UnitedHealthcare Sports Expo, which will be free for all patrons, will include a wide range of activities sure to keep the whole family entertained. FREE admission.
Fan Fest with Generation Jets Fest:
Fans of all ages will be able to participate in the Fan Fest, which features Generation
Jets Fest and the Islanders I.C.E. Tour. Both teams have these traveling interactive theme parks which includes inflatable rides, giveaways and fun for the whole family. Come out and kick a field goal, race through the obstacle challenge and show-off your slap-shot. FREE admission.
Strawberry’s Tailgate Party:
This pre-game party is a great way to kick off the day's football fun. Strawberry’s Sports Grill will provide all your tailgate needs while you enjoy music and chatting with former NFL alumni (subject to availability).
3rd/4th Qtr Break:
MSG Networks Coverage: