Not all the Super Bowl festivities are taking place in the West Valley or Scottsdale. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart is helping see to that.
And Leinart is getting a little help from some of his L.A. friends — one Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., in particular. OK, my husband and kids had to tell me that is rapper Snoop Dogg’s real name.
The Snoop Dog All-Stars football team will take on the Arizona Youth Football All-Stars in Snoop Bowl VI at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Chandler Hamilton High School in a youth Super Bowl.
“For five years now we have had a great time organizing and preparing for the Snoop Bowl,” Snoop Dogg said. “It gives the kids a reason to work and play hard throughout the season, knowing that it all culminates on this day.”
Cost is $15, with children 2 and younger admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at Celebritytheatre.com, through the John Jay and Rich Radio Show (KIIS FM 104.7) at (877) 937-1047 or by calling Hamilton High School at (480) 883-5000.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Matt Leinart Foundation, which in conjunction with Chandler Youth Football, is sponsoring the affair.
“Matt Leinart lives in Chandler and he really wanted to have a Super Bowl event in the East Valley,” said Dee Grayer, president of Chandler Youth Football League. Leinart is expected to be in attendance.
The teams are made up of 8- to 10-year-olds, with the Arizona kids coming from all over the state. Derrick Stinson, coach of the Chandler Youth Football junior pee-wee Rattlers who finished as regional runners-up, is the head coach. He is being assisted by several other Chandler Youth League coaches.
The game will also feature cheerleaders from the Chandler Youth Football League cheer squads and halftime entertainment will be provided by the Hamilton High School band.
Even though the game is the highlight of the event, a festival-like atmosphere is being planned. Various companies will be on hand to offer other activities — music, fan participation contests, giveaways and the like. The Cardinals Experience, which provides interactive games including a quarterback challenge and a field-goal contest, will take place before the game.
Other pregame festivities are also on tap.
The public is invited to come out and meet the teams at their pregame party beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 at NYC Mobsters Inc. Sports Bar and Italian Grill in Gilbert.
Even though the Highland High School drum line will be performing, they aren’t the only stars (hint, hint) expected to be in attendance ... for rizzle.
The Arizona State men’s gymnastics team kicked off the new year by taking on some tough national competition Jan. 12 at the Rocky Mountain Open Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Led by eight returning veteran performers, the team squared off against Nebraska, Oklahoma, Air Force, Washington and the Olympic Training Center team, finishing fourth ahead of the Huskies.
The Olympic Training Center did not field a complete team, therefore its scores did not count toward the title.
Arizona State then placed sixth this past weekend at the nine-team 2008 West Point Open held on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
“I was proud of how our team fought their way through this competition, being the only team from the West,” said coach Scott Barclay, who is in his 29th year as an ASU coach and 15th year as head coach.
“We had to fight hard for every score we got and that reflected in us scoring eight points higher than last week’s meet at Air Force against all the high-powered West and Midwest teams.”
Against the West, Anthony Naddour of Mesa and Dillon Saunders had three top-25 finishes for the Sun Devils.
Naddour was fifth in the all-around, ninth on the parallel bars and 22nd on the high bar. Saunders was eighth in the all-around, 23rd on the high bar and 25th on the pommel horse.
Joining their teammates with top-25 placements were: Cody Payne (19th, floor), Josh Bradley (21st, floor), Brandon Diebold (12th, still rings), Charles Baysinger (20th, vault) and Anthony Damiani (22nd, vault).
Naddour also finished 26th on the pommel horse.
“For the first competition of the season, the ASU team surpassed our expectations, starting with Anthony Naddour finishing fifth in the all-around and the team reaching their goal of percentage of routines hit,” assistant coach Dan Hayden said.
Naddour, a sophomore, also led the Sun Devils at the West Point Open by placing eighth in the all-around and ninth on pommel horse among a strong field of NCAA competitors.
Hayden, a former U.S. Champion, said: “Our team can hang with some of the best teams in the country with some of the individuals we have coming up. As our depth grows, our competitions will continue to get more exciting.”
The competition at West Point included many corporately sponsored athletes, as well as some of the top Junior National Team members. Team Gattaca (New York), a corporately sponsored team, won the overall team competition while taking three of the top five all-around spots.
Arizona State’s only home competition will be the annual Southwest Cup, against Washington and Air Force, on March 1 at Phoenix Desert Vista High School.
Proceeds from the meet will benefit the team, which is not funded.
For compete results from all Arizona State gymnastic events, visit www.sundevilgymnastics.com.
Time to play: Mail-in registration for the Gilbert Community Services Youth Spring Ball Program will continue through Feb. 2. Online registration will be available through Feb. 3 at www.GilbertRecreation.com. The youth ball (T-ball, softball or baseball) program is open to boys and girls 5 to 15 years of age. Teams are formed according to the school the child attends as long as openings exist. Registration forms may be downloaded from the Town of Gilbert Web site, or picked up at the Gilbert Community Services office or other town facilities. Walk-in registration for any remaining spaces after Feb. 3 will take place Feb. 19-22 at the Gilbert Community Services (90 E. Civic Center Drive). Games begin on April 7 and conclude May 17. Coaches and umpires are also needed. For additional information call Gilbert Community Services at (480) 503-6200.
Hooping it up
Sign ups: Registration begins Monday for the Queen Creek Adult Basketball League with play scheduled to begin March 24 and continue through May 21. Depending on registration, games will be played Monday and Wednesday at the Queen Creek Middle School gymnasium (20435 S. Ellsworth Road). The $380 registration fee includes the end-of-season, single-elimination tournament. Registration forms and league rule manuals are available at the Queen Creek Parks and Recreation office (22350 S. Ellsworth Road). For more information contact Anthony Baumann at (480) 358-3709 or e-mail email@example.com.
Get a grip
Clinics scheduled: Olympic-style wrestling clinics will take place Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 27 through May 7, at Mesa Red Mountain High School wrestling room (7301 E. Brown Road) from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. for grades K-6 and 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. for grades 7-12. Cost is $50. Call (602) 570-2871 for information.
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