Former West Virginia QB and NFL Prospect Geno Smith Joins Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph for Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic

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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.

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Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (http://www.popwarner.com), the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, and Panini America (http://www.paniniamerica.net), the Official Trading Card Partner of the NFL/NFL Players and Pop Warner, will host the Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at Super Bowl XLVII NFL Experience driven by GMC in New Orleans a the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as part of Panini’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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back Doug Martin; a Rookie of the Year Candidate and Minnesota Vikings Tight End Kyle Rudolph, who took home the Pro Bowl MVP last weekend in Hawaii. Martin and Rudolph will be joined by former West Virginia Quarterback and highly touted NFL Draft Prospect, Geno Smith.

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 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 life long memories for our participants that go beyond the playing field. 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,” said Mary FitzGerald, CEO of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

“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. 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,” said Jason Howarth, Vice President of Marketing for Panini America.

For highlights, interviews and photos of the Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic, you can visit http://www.popwarner.com or http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com.

ABOUT POP WARNER:
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, Pa. Pop Warner Little Scholars is the largest national youth football and cheerleading organization in the United States and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as an equivalent to athletics. Currently there are over 400,000 children in Pop Warner organizations in 43 states, Guam, Scotland, Germany, Russia, Japan and Mexico. The NFLPA estimates that 70% of all current NFL Players got their starts in Pop Warner programs. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit http://www.popwarner.com.

ABOUT PANINI:
The Panini Group, established more than 50 years ago in Modena, Italy, has subsidiaries throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Panini is the world leader in officially licensed collectibles and is the most significant publisher of collectibles in the U.S., with official licenses for MLBPA, NBA, NFL, NHL, FIFA, USA Baseball, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Disney, Nickelodeon, Hello Kitty, Warner Bros. and other key properties from many other licensors. Panini has distribution channels in more than 100 countries and employs a staff of over 800. For more information visit us at http://www.paniniamerica.net, http://www.paninigroup.com or http://www.paniniamerica.wordpress.com. You can also follow Panini America on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube.

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