Kids Get a "Kick" Out of Big 33

Three years ago the mayor of Harrisburg asked former Nittany Lion, Rick Sayles, to start an event for area youth to participate in. Never to back down from a challenge, Sayles started the Big 33 "Summer Trifacta" event for 8 to 14 year olds. The event continues to grow with the support of the Big 33 and former Nittany Lions like Bobby Engram.

Now in its third year, the Big 33 "Summer Trifacta" is a punt, pass and kick competition run by former Penn Stater Rick Sayles, founder of Penn's Civilians, for boys and girls, ages 8 to 14.

The event, which will take place this Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at Hershey Park Stadium, features upwards of 50 kids competiting in punting, passing and kicking drills. It also includes an academic component where the participants learn about sports turf management from Penn State experts, as well as the ins and outs of sports nutrition. Aside from having their athletic skills challenged, the competitors are also tested on what they learned during the event.

To the winners, who are announced during the Big 33 game, go great prizes like signed football jersies and balls, donated by Nittany Lion legend and current Seattle Seahawk Bobby Engram.

"It is amazing how this event has grown over the past three years," Sayles said. However, despite this growth, he wants to see it continue to get bigger and better as an integral part of the Big 33 festivities. "We absolutely want the event to grow along with the relationship with the Big 33. In fact Mickey [Minnich] (Big 33 Chairman) and I continue to talk to see how the two events can continue to help each other."

Participants also get to attend the Big 33 contest between Pennsylvania and Ohio, featuring future Nittany Lions like Pat Devlin, Tom McEowen and Jared Odrick.

As Sayles said, "It is exciting for these kids to see a great event like the Big 33 in person."

Once the Big 33 festivities are over Sayles will head to Penn State to serve as a coach, along with former players like Glenn Ressler, Dennis Onkotz, Dave Robinson and Todd Blackledge, at Penn State inaugeral fantasy football camp.

To learn more about or support Rick Sayles' organzation visit Penn's Civilians site.

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