During a month best known for its basketball madness, St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance will host its first St. Luke’s March Mayhem Football Weekend on March 30 and 31.
The March Mayhem Football Weekend features two events – a High School Combine and a Middle School Football Skills & Drills Clinic. The cost is $15 per athlete for either event.
“March Mayhem Football Weekend is designed to bring a football spin to March Madness,” says St. Luke’s Community Ambassador Bobby McClarin. “St. Luke’s will unite student-athletes from across the region in a fun, competitive forum designed to bring out the best in individuals and teams as they compete in NFL Combine events and participate in skills and drills programming.”
This event is being produced by St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance and is coordinated by McClarin and fellow St. Luke's community ambassador Mike Cerimele. It will be held at the St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Center – West End at 501 Cetronia Road in Allentown.
The High School Combine – which is open to athletes in grades 9 through 11 – will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 10 am to 2 pm. Participants will be tested in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, kneeling medicine ball toss and pro agility.
“High school student-athletes will be able to benchmark their individual performance against other athletes from across the Lehigh Valley and beyond,” McClarin says. “All participants can use their results in the recruiting process if solicited by college coaches and for bragging rights.”
Top performers will be awarded Sneaker King gift cards and football apparel. Individual scoring will be totaled and top-performing teams from the combine events along with the school that takes first in the speed sled race will be rewarded with Gilman Gear football equipment, Perform Better speed sleds, Gatorade products and more.
Guest speakers at the combine include Jimmy Terwilliger, head football coach at East Stroudsburg University; Buddy Green, retired defensive coordinator at the U.S. Naval Academy; and Joe Speed, former defensive backs coach at Georgia Tech and former U.S. Marine Corps officer.
All combine participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt and lunch.
The Middle School Football Skills & Drills Clinic will be held on Sunday, March 31, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Athletes in grades 5 through 8 will participate in drills led by former and current college players and coaches.
“The drills are designed to drive home the importance of mastering the fundamentals that lead to success,” McClarin notes.
Participating athletes will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be a guest speaker.
To register for the St. Luke’s March Mayhem Football Weekend, please contact St. Luke’s Community Ambassadors Bobby McClarin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Cerimele at email@example.com.
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 320 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.