Kids Take the Field at the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic featuring Marcus Robertson and Chad Brown

On Saturday, June 18, more than 200 children from Southern California, ran out on the field at Rose Bowl Stadium to take part in the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic featuring Marcus Robertson and Chad Brown.

The event, hosted by the Rose Bowl Game and the City of Pasadena, was a free half-day clinic that gave attendees the chance to work with college football coaches; run offensive, defensive and agility drills; learn proper techniques to promote on-field safety; and learn about the importance of character development and good sportsmanship.

“The Rose Bowl Game’s annual youth football clinic began in 2010 and it’s really evolved through the years,” said Brittany Mohr, Senior Manager of Team and Conference Operations of the Rose Bowl Game. “With the support of our partners at Northwestern Mutual and the City of Pasadena, this year’s clinic was one of our most successful clinics to date and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

For the first time in the clinic’s history, the event took place at the Rose Bowl Stadium and included community booths at the Court of Champions and a chance for parents to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.

“This year’s clinic gave us an opportunity to engage our community in a way that we’ve never done before,” said LaWayne Williams, Senior Director of Community Relations at the Tournament of Roses. “It’s all about giving back to the youth in our area and for the first time in its history, we also worked with local organizations to have a community activation space that both kids and parents could enjoy.”

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History of the Rose Bowl Game Trophy

TROPHY 32814_046Since the first Rose Bowl Game, when Michigan played Stanford at Tournament Park, three different championship trophies have represented the Rose Bowl Game.

The first trophy, known as the Helms Trophy (Helms Hall of Fame), was a “perpetual trophy” presented to the winner of the game each year. This trophy used from 1902 through 1989 was given a new inscription each year with the name of the winning university. This large silver bowl is sculpted in roses and includes intricate design details.

Prior to 1989, the Rose Bowl Game champion did not receive their own trophy to take back to campus. However, the teams in the 1942 Rose Bowl Game, the only game played outside of Pasadena in Durham, North Carolina due to concerns surrounding World War II, did receive their own trophy. That year, host Duke University created a trophy for the victor of that year’s game, Oregon State also adding the names of the players and staff. The Duke University team was awarded the same trophy to acknowledge the great effort that allowed the Rose Bowl Game to be played that year under challenging circumstances.

The desire to create a Rose Bowl Game trophy that could be given to the winning university gave way to the creation of the second Rose Bowl Game trophy. In 1989, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses commissioned the Pasadena Arts School to create a design that could be adopted as the Game’s second trophy. This trophy donned a gold football on a marble base with silver goal posts stretching up to the sky. This trophy was used from 1989 until 2004.

As the structure of college football post-season bowls continued to evolve, the Tournament of Roses began the creative process of producing a trophy reflective of the greatest college football game in America – a trophy that would be an adequate representation of the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

The Rose Bowl Game’s third and current trophy, the Leishman Trophy, is handmade each year by Tiffany & Co. The trophy is approximately 21-inches tall and features a 3/4-size football rendered entirely in sterling silver. A replica of this trophy is located in the football room of the Tournament House along with the other two past Rose Bowl Game trophies. A new trophy is created each year for the champion and takes close to three months to complete.

The Leishman Trophy has only been altered once since its inception in 2005 to commemorate the 100th Rose Bowl Game in 2014. That trophy was trimmed in gold to honor the special occasion. This trophy, truly one-of-a-kind, can be found in the athletic department of that years’ champion, Michigan State University.

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Tournament of Roses Awards Two Scholar Athletes

On March 22, 2016, the National Football Foundation’s Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley chapter hosted its 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet. This event is held to recognize graduating high school seniors who have excelled academically, on the football field and within their respective communities.

Chico completed high school with a 4.06 grade point average, while Nguyen graduated with a 3.7. Chico was ranked as the top graduating senior in his class at Rio Honda Prep, was selected class valedictorian and is a Magna Cum Laude winner of the National Latin Exam. He was also named the 2015 Football MVP of the Prep League. Nguyen received an International Baccalaureate high school diploma, which has a more rigorous curriculum than standard high school diplomas. He is a youth volunteer with Grace Church of Glendora and works 8-15 hours per week at a local movie theater.

Each year the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley chapter reviews submissions from the 68 public and private high schools who participate in the chapter’s awards. Scholarships are then provided to the athletes selected from the various sponsors for the annual banquet. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has partnered with the National Football Foundation (NFF), both at the national level and locally with the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley chapter for years, contributing scholarship funds for the young men who receive this prestigious award.

In the fall, Dominico Chico will attend the University of California, Los Angeles, where he plans to major in Biology. Ryan Nguyen will attend Grand Canyon University in the fall, where he plans to major in Nursing.NFF NFF2016web-160

 

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Northwestern Mutual hosts Youth Football Clinic

Football season is just around the corner and athletes – of all ages – are getting ready. On Saturday, June 28, 150 boys and girls, ages five to 14, exercised both their mental and on-field skills at the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic at Robinson Park in Pasadena.

Following opening remarks by Tournament of Roses® President Rich Chinen, participants worked with college football coaches and student athletes from both the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles, running offensive and defensive agility drills. Participants also learned proper techniques to promote on-field football safety and learned about the importance character development and good sportsmanship.

After working up a sweat at the free, half-day clinic, participants were provided lunch and each received a t-shirt to commemorate the day.

After working up a sweat at the free, half-day clinic, participants were provided lunch and each received a t-shirt to commemorate the day.

An annual event previously hosted by NCAA Football, the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic marks the Tournament of Roses’ fifth year of involvement and the first event for Northwestern Mutual as the new presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl Game®.

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Set in Stone: Rose Mosaic to be unveiled at Brick Bash

The cement has been poured, the bricks have been set and after weeks of construction, the first installment of the rose mosaic located just outside of Gate A at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena will be revealed July 1 at a “Brick Bash” from 6 – 9 p.m.

Brought to life by the joint efforts of the Tournament of Roses® and Legacy Connections, the Brick Campaign enables sports fans and community members to become part of the stadium’s rich history, one brick at a time, by purchasing and engraving the bricks used to make the mosaic.

The rose mockup template pictured spans 90’ long and 88’ high and took four men two days to install.

The rose mockup template pictured spans 90’ long and 88’ high and took four men two days to install.

Adding to the stadium’s timeless appeal, the 27,000 brick mosaic is located outside of Gate A in the plaza leading to the main entrance. Football fans even have the option to position their bricks in designated locations for their preferred Big Ten and Pac-12 teams.

In addition to looking for his brick, Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen will be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. with Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard, Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors President Victor Gordo and Chair of the Philanthropic Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign Andrea Van de Kamp.

Did you buy a brick? Find yours in the mosaic during the Brick Bash. Wish you had? Click here to order and personalize yours today to make the second installment!

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Tom Mickle BCS Intern Comes to Tournament of Roses

Meet Doug Ingels!  Doug is the Tournament of Roses’ new Game Media Assistant, a position he obtained because of his selection as the 2013-14 Tom Mickle BCS Intern.

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Mickle was an admired sports professional who made many contributions to college football in general and to the development of the BCS in particular. At the time of his death in 2006, Mickle was the executive director of Florida Citrus Sports, host of the Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. Prior to that, he was an assistant commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference and it was during his time there that he sketched out the beginnings of what would later become the BCS. Before his post at the ACC, Mickle had been an assistant athletics director at Duke University. He was himself a Duke graduate.

Following Mickle’s death, conference commissioners and directors of the four BCS bowls decided to honor his legacy by creating a program to place an intern at the bowl that will host that year’s BCS championship. It’s a win for everyone: the bowl staff gets an extra person (paid by the BCS) to help as they pull together two games just days apart, the intern gets incomparable work experience on two top-level college football games, and a man whose name is enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, as a recipient of the Football Writers Association of America’s Bert McGrane Award, is annually remembered and celebrated.

Doug just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in May. He earned a degree in journalism and economics, and served as a student manager for the Badgers football team during three consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearances. Even though this isn’t his first time in Pasadena, being the Mickle Intern will make the coming months all the more special.

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College Football’s Post-Season Future

Unveiling the 100th Rose Bowl Game logo and trophy weren’t the only big announcements that took place during the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) meetings in Pasadena this April. Additional information about the future of college football and the new playoff system were also revealed, providing insight into what’s in store for the sport that so many people love.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the name of the new postseason format will be the “College Football Playoff.”  It will feature the top four teams as chosen by a yet-to-be-named selection committee. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first national semifinals, which will pair No. 1 against No. 4, and No. 2 against No. 3 on January 1, 2015. The winners of these two games will face off in the first championship game of the new playoff era on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In addition, Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced that the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl will be part of the six-bowl rotation (along with the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl) that will host the College Football Playoff. Each bowl will host a national semifinal once every three years, with the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl hosting in 2016, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Fiesta Bowl hosting in 2017. The national championship game will be held in a different U.S. city each year.

During the April meetings, the College Football Playoff also launched an online contest to determine its official logo. The ‘Gold Football’ design was the clear winner among four options offered, receiving 101,670 votes from fans, student-athletes, coaches and reporters. That represented 38% of all votes cast.

Football fans: what do you think of the new playoff format?

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