Miami Gardens – Eighty standout high school athletes representing Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties school districts will compete in TRU Sports Foundation’s 12th annual Private vs. Public All Star High School Football Showcase. The game will be played at Betty T Ferguson Sports Complex stadium on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Kick-Off is at 4:00p.m. Players will be joined on the sideline by current College Football players and former NFL players.
An All Star Showcase like no other. The Private vs Public All Star Showcase is a level playing field for each player that decides to try out for a roster spot. The student athletes first have to make the cut by having the necessary grade requirements. Then each student athlete has to make the roster by competing for a position, and showing great character by being on time to meetings, practice and showing great sportsmanship. “Not only are we looking to develop great football players, but we are looking to help develop and guide young men into thinking and acting in a positive manner, and helping these young men develop careers around a sport they love”, says Smith (CEO) of TRU Sports Foundation.
Student athletes must register through a link that has been sent out to all coaches in the tri-county area in order to participate in the All Star showcase. Saturday, December 17th 2023, there will be a mandatory Parent/ Player meeting at 9am for Private and Charter school student athletes, and 10am for all Public School student athletes. The meeting will take place at the TRU Prep Academy 4715 nw 157th st #201 Miami Gardens Fl 33014
The Private vs Public All Star high school football game is an effort to provide graduating seniors an opportunity to showcase their talent among their peers, and obtain one last look by coaches and recruiters, representing colleges and universities across the country. In order to be considered for participation, students are required to maintain 2.5 Core grade point average and have taken the ACT or SAT exam.
“I commend TRU Sports Foundation for providing this type of opportunity and exposure to these players,” said (Denver Broncos) Cornerback Kayvon Webster, who was coached by Smith in high school. “Coming from the same neighborhood as many of these kids, programs like these are so necessary in helping to ensure talented athletes, who may have been overlooked, have an opportunity to be seen by college coaches. That second or third look might be the one to make a difference, and help them realize their dream of getting a college education and playing football.”
In addition to the game, players will also participate in a number of events leading up to the game, including Media Day press event where student athletes will have an opportunity to gain interview experience and be addressed by members of the media daily.
“We are extremely excited to host an All-Star Game that not only allows players, parents and fans alike, the opportunity to experience an action-packed and competitive contest between some of the state’s top ranked schools, but incorporates time in the schedule for athletes to go out and make a difference in the lives of others, truly making this a community-wide event,” said Smith. Game tickets are $15 for everyone attending the game