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Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic to Host Youth Football Clinic at SAY Detroit Play Center



Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic to Host Youth Football Clinic at SAY Detroit Play Center


Detroit Warriors’ Pop Warner Youth Football Program Players to

Learn from 2019 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Coaches and Players


DETROIT (July 15, 2019) – The Detroit Sports Commission in partnership with Xenith and the SAY Detroit Play Center will host the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Youth Clinic at 19320 Van Dyke Avenue in Detroit on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.


The youth clinic is a community initiative of the 15thannual Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic taking place on August 29-31 at Wayne State University’s Tom Adams Field in Detroit. Coaches and players from the participating 2019 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic teams, along with the Legacy Football Organizationwill conduct the clinic which will consist of a blend of skill station activities for an expected group of more than 100 Detroit Warriors’ players ages eight to 13.


In addition, through a Detroit Sports Commission and Detroit Medical Center (DMC) partnership, the youth players will be guided through a warm up and cool down under the direction of the renowned football training organization EXOS, an entity of the of the NFL Combine, which provides the warmups each year for NFL Draft prospects in attendance. United Dairy Industry of Michigan will also provide a briefing for the players on the importance of proper post-activity nutrition.


“The Detroit Sports Commission is proud to host the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Youth Clinic in partnership with SAY Detroit Play Center and Xenith,” said Dave Beachnau, Prep Kickoff Classic founder and Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Sports, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, which oversees the DSC. “This clinic will offer young players from the Detroit Warriors youth football program an opportunity to learn proper technique, training and nutrition guidance from local high school coaches and players. We greatly value the support from our partnership with S.A.Y. Play in making this event possible for local youth at such a tremendous facility in Detroit.”


Xenith will also have fit stations on-site to ensure that athletes know their proper equipment sizing for the upcoming season, allowing them to perform at their best.


“Having this opportunity to use football as a force for good in our community and aiding the pursuits of young athletes is so important to us at Xenith,” said Ryan Sullivan, Xenith CEO. “Working with the Detroit Sports Commission and SAY Detroit Play Center is a perfect partnership to make the largest impact possible here in Detroit, especially leading into the 15th year of the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic which we are proud to present.”




“SAY Detroit Play Center (SDPC) is excited to partner our Warrior football team with the Detroit Sports Commission for a youth football clinic at our Stafford Field,” said Herb Hayden, Co-Executive Director-Operations, SAY Play Detroit Center. “This event will be great for this community and the youth we serve and the start of a strong partnership with the Detroit Sports Commission.”


2019 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic game match-ups:


Thursday, August 29

Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Utica Eisenhower – 4 p.m.

Chippewa Valley vs. Saline – 7 p.m.


Friday, August 30

Grosse Pointe South vs. Birmingham Groves – 4 p.m.

De La Salle vs. Muskegon – 7 p.m.


Saturday, August 31

Detroit Catholic Central vs. Detroit Cass Tech – 1 p.m.

Chicago Phillips vs. Detroit Cass Tech – 4 p.m.


Tickets are available online at with a portion of the proceeds benefitting each school. One ticket grants admission to all games on that particular day.


The Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic is the premier season-opening high school football showcase in Michigan organized by the Detroit Sports Commission and hosted at Wayne State University.




About the Detroit Sports Commission:

The mission of the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) is to market and sell metro Detroit as a premier destination for regional, national and international amateur sporting events. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (C) (3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB). For more information, visit


About Xenith:

Xenith, founded in 2006, is improving football through protective and performance gear designed, first and foremost, for athletes. Xenith's focus starts on the field, engaging with players, coaches and equipment managers. They take that feedback to their in-house design team, who uses it to create gear that transcends protection alone – designing for fit, feel, comfort, style and protection. In addition to its lineup of top-rated helmets, Xenith produces a premium line of shoulder pads, apparel, and other accessories for the athlete. Xenith continues to innovate and discover new opportunities to enable the athlete's pursuit. For more information, please visit


About SAY Detroit Play Center:

SAY Detroit Play Center is a youth development organization, located on the Northeast side of Detroit that is focused on the academic achievement of our participants, while providing opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities including art, dance, music and Lego® robotics.