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NFL re-imagines Pro Bowl Week to celebrate football at all levels

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The NFL will celebrate its brightest stars of today and tomorrow with new Pro Bowl Week festivities in 2017 in Orlando. The announcement was made today at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, site of the AFC-NFC team practices and host to unprecedented new youth-focused football activities.

Culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 29 and televised live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Pro Bowl Week will celebrate all levels of football - from youth to high school to the NFL's best.

"We are excited to re-imagine the Pro Bowl experience for both fans and players and to celebrate the game of football at all levels," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "Collaborating with Disney and ESPN brings us closer to the best in youth and family-focused entertainment. We look forward to working with the city of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports to create a week-long celebration for football and our fans."

Among the highlights of Pro Bowl Week:

» Pro Bowl AFC and NFC practices will be held alongside youth football competitions, activities and fan events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which annually hosts more than 100 youth sports events, such as the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

» The 2017 Pro Bowl players will also be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the celebrations during the week. Players on the winning Pro Bowl teams will receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.

» The annual USA Football National Conference will take place during the week leading up to the Pro Bowl. The USA Football National Conference is the largest annual gathering of high school and youth football stakeholders in the United States, with more than 650 high school athletic directors and youth football commissioners gathered in one place to examine the standards in football, spanning coaching education, player safety, research, injury prevention and trends for the football community.

» The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl as part of a year-long recognition of high school coaches on ESPN. The award honors high school football coaches that display the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA, the winningest coach in NFL history.

» In partnership with Disney, Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week, including a Pro Bowl-themed 5k run, a parade of Pro Bowl players in the Magic Kingdom, and Pro Bowl-themed elements throughout Disney Springs, Disney's newest entertainment and dining destination.

Football fans will also be able to see NFL action at Camping World Stadium when the Miami Dolphins host the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET in Week 3 of the preseason to celebrate Play Football Month. Youth football teams from across Florida will be honored as part of the gameday activities. The game will also provide NFL officials the opportunity to observe the gameday experience and stadium operations. Miami Dolphins Season Ticket Members & Florida Citrus Sports Members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets during an exclusive pre-sale on Monday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. The public on-sale will be on Thursday, June 9 at 10 AM ET. Fans can visit Dolphins.com for more information.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" format. The NFL's best will once again be in the spotlight as 88 players - 44 from the AFC and 44 from the NFC - are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches.

"Hosting the NFL Pro Bowl is exactly the type of opportunity we had in mind when our community pulled together to invest in the reconstruction of Camping World Stadium. We will work extremely hard to provide players, staff, families, and fans from all levels of football an unforgettable week in Orlando," said CEO of Florida Citrus Sports Steve Hogan.

The purchase of Pro Bowl game tickets will first be made available in the fall to Season Ticket Members of Florida Citrus Sports, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the other 29 NFL clubs.

Tickets will be available for public sale in November. Fans may register on ProBowl.com for exclusive presale opportunities and additional information on Pro Bowl Week fan events in Orlando.

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