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  Avila University to meet Doane College in 3rd Annual "First Down Classic"  
  Kansas City, MO    
August 10, 2009

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Avila Eagles will face defending champions, the Doane Tigers, in the third annual “First Down Classic,” presented by College Fanz Sports Network.

The Eagles will kickoff the NAIA football season with the "First Down Classic," presented by College Fanz Sports Network. The game is set for 1 p.m., Aug. 29, at the Platte County R3 High School stadium.

“The First Down Classic bowl game is a tremendous way for Avila University to gain national recognition with the game and pre-game Victory Sports Network (VSN) events,” said Avila’s Head Football Coach Bruce Young. “Not only will the Eagle football team get a chance to show its stuff against tradition-rich Doane College of Nebraska, it will be a great start to the 2009 football season.”

On Thursday, Aug. 27, VSN and the bowl committee will tour Avila University for campus input, shooting a short segment to air nationally on the pregame show. The segment will also include an interview with Young and clips of Eagles practice.

Avila students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are all encouraged to attend. Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The Avila University Alumni Association will also be hosting a tailgate party before the game, beginning at 11 a.m. complete with food, games, music and cheer and dance team performances. Entrance to the tailgate is $10 with special discounts for Avila Alumni and students.

The game will be highlighted on VSN radio with a live 30-minute pregame discussion on College GameDay, the premier college football show on the radio. Every Saturday fans get up-to-the-minute news, information and scores.

The match-up will also be streamed live through VSN and College Fanz. The world's largest online college sports community launched by VSN founder Bill Rasmussen, College Fanz Sports Network, is partnering with the colleges of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to present the College Fanz NAIA Football Game of the Week.

For more information about the Avila Eagle tailgate, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Susan Randolph at 816.501.3780. Additional information about the First Down Classic is available at



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.