Next month’s Super Bowl LIII will bring much more than a gridiron battle to the city of Atlanta. As part of an exciting week of Super Bowl events, the NFL and Atlanta Falcons selected the Chapel Hill High School Football team for an opportunity designed to help them achieve sports leadership and life skill success.
Head football coach Justin DeShon says the football greats selected the Chapel Hill High School Panthers for the honor based on the strength of an essay. The Panthers are among fifteen teams chosen to take part in the high school football experience of a lifetime.
Their journey will kick off the Friday before Super Bowl with current NFL stars and NFL Hall of Famers leading the Panthers in over two hours of intense football training exercises. At the same time, Chapel Hill Football Coaching Staff will learn from past and current NFL all-stars during an NFL Hall of Fame Coaching Symposium. After their NFL experience, students and coaches will have two hours to tour the NFL Expo, a massive, interactive football theme park housed at the Georgia World Congress Center.
“We are so excited and humbled to be a part of this outstanding event,” head football coach Justin DeShon says. “To be able to take some of our student-athletes to this venue will create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to meet and learn from the NFL’s best players and Hall of Famers. It is such a blessing to be chosen for this. We are all counting down the days!”
DeShon explains that picking which teammates will attend the once in a lifetime event has been the hardest thing he has ever had to do. “I wish I could take the entire Chapel Hill High School,” he explains. “I chose 25 players based on how they have impacted our program; whether that is ‘sweat equity,’ attendance, GPA or attitude. I chose my coaches based on those same criteria.”
Coach DeShon says he hopes that the event will inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for the game of football. “I dream that this experience will ignite a drive and passion for excelling at football. All of our players will take away something from high school football that will make them better as an individual. The Super Bowl brings together the best of the best and this event will have a profound soul-stirring impact on our players.”