NFL Campus program coming to Mount Allison

Numerous events between Oct. 22 to 25 in Sackville, N.B.

Darrell Cole
Published on August 19, 2014
Mount Allison will host the NFL on Campus program from Oct. 22 to 25 leading up to the Football Mounties’ home game against St. Francis Xavier. There will be events throughout the week. NFL Canada announced Tuesday the program is going to 10 CIS campuses in September and October.
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Mount Allison University will host the NFL on Campus program from Oct. 22 to 25.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The NFL is coming to Mount Allison.

The National Football League announced Tuesday that its popular NFL on Campus program will come to Sackville, N.B. and Acadia University in October.

The program is visiting 10 campuses across Canada in September and October. It will stop at Mount Allison University from Oct. 22 to 25.

“We’re very proud to get on the list of schools the NFL plans to visit this year,” Mount Allison’s athletic director Pierre Arsenault said. “They went to five schools in Ontario last year and this year they wanted to stretch it out and go across the country. There are 27 schools in the CIS playing football so us to get on that list is pretty special. We’re very proud of it and it’s a statement of credibility that people take our program seriously and what we’ve been able to accomplish the last few years has generated a belief in our program.”

During the week leading up the Mounties’ Oct. 25 game against St. Francis Xavier, students will be able to win prizes, play NFL Plinko, tryout out the newest edition of Madden NFL Football from EA Sports and take part in programs like the NFL on Campus flag football leagues, tourneys and skills competitions such as punt, pass and kick.

“We are very pleased to expand the program outside of Ontario and Quebec for the first time ever,” managing director of NFL Canada, Dan Quinn, said in a news release. “NFL on Campus will offer the Mount Allison and Acadia communities a fan-friendly atmosphere that not only allows us to meet and talk with local NFL fans, but also helps raise the profile of and excitement level for football on campus.”

The game-day experience will include a combine zone that compares the vertical and long jump results with NFL stars. There’ll be a quarterback challenge, bungee run, tailgate bean-bag toss and an authentic Lambeau Leap photo op.

The visit also includes a $5,000 donation to Mount Allison’s football program.

It wasn’t long ago that Mount Allison’s football program was struggling. Last year, the club won the Loney Bowl, emblematic of the AUS championship, before losing to a powerful Laval squad in the Uteck Bowl at MacAulay Field.

“One of the interesting things about us wining last year is that we’ve known for a while that the building blocks were there. When you have scoreboard success and win a championship it validates that feeling,” Arsenault said. “We knew we were going to get there and winning a championship was rewarding. This is another example of the confidence in our program.”

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