8-man all-star football game returns to Miami

MIAMI– The City of Miami and the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) in partnership with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association (OEMFCA) will host the 2018 Oklahoma 8-Man All-Star Football Week in Miami.  Green Team Roster 2018

Gold (White) Roster 2018

The game was brought from Alva to Miami in 2003. This will be the 16th year for the Miami CVB and NEO A&M College to join forces with OEMFCA to host the Eight-Man All-Star Game in Miami.

Eighty of the top football players from across Oklahoma will arrive in Miami on June 12 for a full schedule of activities leading up to the Green (White) vs. Gold Showdown. More than twenty coaches representing the 8-Man Football Association will lead and train these players leading up to the showdown.  Players and coaches will enjoy activities during the week including a night at the Historic Coleman Theatre, a cook-out in Riverview Park and swimming at the state’s largest municipal pool as well as an evening with hypnotist Joe Comet.  The players will team up with the Ottawa County Boys & Girls Club on Friday for an afternoon of bowling at PlayLand Lanes.

The game will take place at 6 p.m. on June 16 at Red Robertson Field located at NEO A&M College. Gates will open at 4 p.m.  Cost for the game is $5 for all ages.  Tickets will be available in advance at the Miami CVB (111 N Main Street) or can be purchased at the gate on the day of the game.  Only OEMFCA Corporate sponsor passes are accepted at the gate.

The All-Star Game was designed to recognize and honor the finest football players throughout Oklahoma. Nearly 3,000 fans from across the state are expected to attend the game with college recruiters and scouts also in attendance.  In addition to the game, the All-Star Event provides scholarships for the players. The OEMFCA and local organizing committee awards $11,000 in scholarships selecting ten players for a $1,000 scholarship.  The OEMFCA awards an additional $1,000 in scholarships for two all-star cheerleaders.

The event is organized by the Miami CVB and the OEMFCA.  Corporate Sponsors for this event are Touchstone Energy, Miami CVB, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, Midwest Sports, Adidas and the Oklahoma Center for Orthopedics/Dr. Sean O’Brien. Additional event sponsors include PlayLand Lanes, City of Miami, Miami News Record, Coleman Theatre, Miami Friends Church, NEO A&M College, Miami Rotary Club, Miami Schools, Tote Along, Gary Crow, Dr. Mark Folks, The Coleman House Restaurant/Buffalo Run Casino and Alert Services.

This year, more than 30 All-Star Cheerleaders from across Oklahoma will join in the activities to cheer on both teams. Each cheerleader was nominated by their cheer coaches and selected by a committee to participate in the game on Saturday. The All-Star Cheer Team will perform at halftime during the game. The cheer team will be recognized at the Awards Banquet on Friday evening hosted by the Miami CVB.  A limited amount of tickets is available for the banquet and can be reserved by contacting the CVB at 918-542-4435.

“Eight-Man Week is an exciting time for the City of Miami,” says Amanda Davis, CVB Executive Director and City of Miami Director of Tourism.  “We look forward to welcoming the players, coaches and their families into our community. This event brings in many non-local visitors and provides an economic boost to our hotel and sales tax base through visitor spending.  Miami has a great team of volunteers that work to make events successful.  The all-star game is a top sports event in our region and thousands of guests will be exploring the 4-state area next week.  We are looking forward to another great year with the 8-Man football group,” Davis added.

The OEMFCA Hall of Fame Members will be honored guests at the event and recognized during half-time activities.  Those members are encouraged to register with the CVB and can check-in at the gate on gameday for their event pass.  Game merchandise and concessions will be available.  For more information about the game, please contact the Miami CVB at 918.542.4435.

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