April 1, 2006

NIKE Combines in Chicago this weekend

The NIKE Combines, produced by Student Sports, are coming to Chicago for the first time this weekend on April 1st and 2nd after highly successful stops in Florida and California.

These combines, held at Finish Strong Athletics on Saturday and Hanson Stadium on Sunday (note the site change), will give players in the Land of Lincoln and beyond an opportunity to showcase their skills for possible selection for the NIKE Football Training Camps held later in the spring.

Student Sports and NIKE have a long history of uncovering the future stars all across the country, so don't miss your chance to be next!

The NIKE Combines at Finish Strong Athletics and Hanson Stadium are exclusive events and an opportunity to get standardized testing in a professional setting. These combines are FREE of charge.

WHO CAN COME: Top rising seniors to be (Class of 2007) and all underclassmen looking to showcase their skills for possible selection for the NIKE Football Training Camps held later in the spring.

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, April 1st at Finish Strong Athletics in West Chicago from 4pm to 9pm (registration 3-5pm) or Sunday, April 2nd at Hanson Field in Chicago (5501 West Fullerton Ave.) from 10am to 2pm (registration 9-11am).

WHAT TO BRING: Bring appropriate workout gear: shorts, sweats, football cleats and training shoes. You will receive a free NIKE Pro participant's shirt.

COMBINE FORMAT: After a proper, supervised "dynamic warm-up", players will be tested in the 40-yard dash (using SPARQ Timing), vertical jump, the bench press (max reps of 185 pounds) and the 20-yard shuttle. With these testing results you will be able to calculate your SPARQ Rating at sparqtraining.com to see where you stand with the best in the country.

WHAT IS A SPARQ RATING?: SPARQ stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness, the essential tools for superior athletic performance. SPARQ Training is the dynamic training method used at the NIKE Football Training Camps. The SPARQ Rating is a number that identifies overall athletic ability and is used by top coaches and trainers around the nation as an initial indicator of an athlete's potential on the field.

BENEFITS: This is a great opportunity for high school football players to take advantage of NIKE's commitment to football, which provides players the opportunity to get tested professionally so that they can have a standard base to improve upon. Participants also have a chance to see other elite players in their class, which will give them an idea of where they stand and simultaneously inspire them to improve. After these combines, NIKE will be holding instructional SPARQ Camps free of charge throughout the month of April in the Greater Chicago area to help players improve upon their respective times and stats from the combine.

This is also an opportunity for great recruiting exposure and coverage. Student Sports, home of the NIKE Football Training Camps and leader of the Student Sports High School Network on Rivals.com, will be at the combines covering the event as well as taking photos and video. In addition the results will be distributed to major college football programs all over the country. Also, a good performance can mean a spot at the NIKE Football Training Camps, which kickoff in April.

There is NO PRE-REGISTRATION NECESSARY for the NIKE Combines. The NIKE Combines are open events and we will test all returning high school football players. If you have any questions, please contact Student Sports' John Brock 310-791-1142 ext. 4429 or via e-mail [email protected]. For more information and directions, check out the NIKE Combine page here.

You are invited!

NIKE Combines

SATURDAY, APRIL 1st 4pm 9pm
West Chicago
Finish Strong Athletics

SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd 10am 2pm
Hanson Stadium


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