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UCF Knights, Fiesta Bowl Winners, Get Disney Parade

Walt Disney World has a long history of celebrating both professional and amateur athletes who perform at a high level of excellence. This year they’ll be honoring the local University of Central Florida UCF Knight’s football team. The Knights defeated the Baylor Bears in this… Read More »UCF Knights, Fiesta Bowl Winners, Get Disney Parade

Brazilian Soccer Star Kaka Returns to See Mickey Mouse at ESPN WWOS

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If it’s June, it must be time for the Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite family vacation. His fans know him as Kaka and he currently plays soccer for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Kaka visited the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort this week. Spending some time with Mickey Mouse and kids before next month’s Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament.

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Teams Selected for 2013 MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge

One of the things Disney does really well to support the community is to organize the MEAC/SCWAC Challenge – a college football game that pits two historically black colleges against each other along with additional events around the game. The ninth annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney will feature the Florida A&M University Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 1. The yearly event, which features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), brings approximately 20,000 fans to Central Florida over Labor Day Weekend for the start of college football season. ESPN will televise the game; exact times will be announced at a later date.

“As a proud supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Mid-Eastern and Southwestern Athletic Conferences, Disney values our longstanding relationship with the African-American community and we continue to build on this with our sponsorship of the MEAC/SWAC Presented by Disney,” said Eugene Campbell, vice president of Domestic Minority Business Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is more than just a football game – it’s a celebration for our whole community that underscores the importance of diversity and higher education.”

The annual game will be only the second meeting between the two storied programs – first meeting in 1990 (FAMU won 28-13). Florida A&M played in the 2007 MEAC/SWAC Challenge and was edged by Southern 33-27.Read More »Teams Selected for 2013 MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge

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Drew Brees to host Football Camp at ESPN WWOS

Drew Brees at ESPN WWOS

Families with football players in their midst take note, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will bring his first football academy, the Drew Brees Passing Academy and Tournament for high school players, to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Brees, who visited Walt Disney World after winning the super bowl, will help make dreams come true for aspiring players during the camp.

The prestigious four-day academy, which is open to all skill levels but is expected to attract some of the most highly-ranked high school players in America from June 27-30, will involve elite-level instruction from Brees and other marquee NFL players and coaches. The academy participants will learn insider tips related to virtually every facet of the passing game, from the proper throwing motion to throwing on the run to taking command of the huddle, from one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.

The academy is the latest collaboration between Brees and Disney. In 2010, Brees appeared in the famous “I’m Going to Disney World” commercial and Super Bowl parade at Walt Disney World following the Saints’ championship win over the Colts. In 2011, Brees acted as spokesman for Walt Disney World during the week of Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas.

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Orlando’s MLS Dream

Orlando City Soccer looks to be on the fast track to joining the MLS. The league and local officials have actually been meeting for months looking for ways to make it happen. One major obstacle stands in the way, a stadium. The current stadium was… Read More »Orlando’s MLS Dream