June 19, 2009

Heath Evans Foundation 7on7 ready to roll

The fourth annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Championship takes place on Saturday and will feature some of the top teams in Florida. Evans started the 7-on-7 tournament to bring something back to Palm Beach County while raising awareness and money for his foundation.

"Bringing in NFL players gives the kids an opportunity to learn first-hand about the integrity, discipline and character that are needed to help them reach the next level," said Evans. "It helps set this event apart and makes it special."

Among the NFL players expected to attend include Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk of the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, former University of Florida star wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, now with the Denver Broncos, and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kelley Washington.

Once again some of the top teams in Florida are participating in the 7-on-7 tournament. Rivals four-star wide receiver Ivan McCartney and his Miramar High School teammates are back this year. McCartney talks about his experience at last year's event.

"I loved it, I loved the event, there was a lot of competition and a lot of motivation seeing Wes Welker, Randy Moss, Laurence Maroney and Heath Evans. Playing in this event you see those NFL players and you are like that is what I want to be one day and you strive to do your best."

What was McCartney's favorite moment last year?

"My favorite moment was talking to Randy Moss and after I scored I did his touchdown celebration."

One of the favorites coming into the tournament is Glades Central High School who just won the Miami Dolphin's 7-on-7 tournament last week. They are led by cornerback Greg Dent, quarterback Leron Thomas, cornerback Tavares Crawford and 2011 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. This event last year was the first time we saw the 6 foot 6, 205-pound Benjamin.

How does Benjamin plan to approach this year's event?

"We had fun out there last year and I got to talk to a couple of the NFL players. This year I just want to continue work on getting better and have fun."

Another team to watch out for is Dwyer High School as they are led by 4-star prospects and Univeristy of Florida commits Matt Elam and Gerald Christian. Those are not the only talented prospects for Dwyer as 3-star cornerback Robert Clark, 2011 tight end Nick O'Leary, 2011 defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt, and 2011 quarterback Jacoby Brissett are all big time talents. Maggitt is fresh off two impressive summer camp performances at the University of Miami and the University of Florida.

The Class 4A state champion Tamp Plant is also making the trek across the state to play and they will be led by 2011 quarterback Phillip Ely.

4-star wide receiver Quinton Dunbar and 4-star running back Eduardo Clements lead another talented Miami Booker T. Washington High School squad. Wide receivers Jayvon Wrentz, Jelanie Rouland, Ted Meline and Earnest Tynes to go along with Dunbar may give Booker T. Washington the most talented group of wide receivers in the state. Now if they can find a quarterback to get them the ball.

Defending tournament champion Jupiter Christian returns led by quarterback Marshyl Rothman. Last year they came from out of nowhere to take the title.

Boyd Anderson High School is yet another team loaded with talent. They lost to Glades Central in the semifinals of the Dolphin's 7-on-7 tournament. Florida commit Demar Dorsey, cornerback [db]Cliff Coleman, 4-star wide receiver Steven Green and 2011 wide receiver Jesse York are some of their top prospects.

Pompano Ely, Park Vista, Kings Academy, Cardinal Newman, Daytona Mainland, Daytona Seabreeze, Olympic Heights and Glades Day are some of the other teams participating.

The tournament is open to the public. Tickets are $5 person and available at the gate. The King's Academy is located at 8401 Belvedere Road, approximately one mile east of 441. For more information you can checkout www.heathevans.org.

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