The 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school football game, will take place in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 4, 2014, and will feature the nation’s best 90 players in a classic East vs. West matchup that will be broadcast on NBC.
“All 273 Army ROTC programs nation-wide could submit a name for consideration,” said LTC William Macky Underwood, professor military science who nominated Maggio. “Only 27 community leaders/educators were selected to attend from those nominations. In our region of 39 ROTC host schools, Dr. Maggio was one of only four community leaders/educators selected.”
Military science faculty presented Maggio with a special jacket to wear during the game.
“This is a special honor and I don’t take it lightly,” Maggio said. “I’m proud to be chosen to represent Northwestern State and our fine ROTC program during this event.”
“The U. S. Army All-American Bowl is more than just a football game. It is an outreach program that gets America back in touch with its Army. The purpose is to show the nation that only the strongest are chosen to wear the Army colors, and the young men and women who serve truly embody the characteristics of the Army Strong Soldier – demonstrating strength through loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage on a daily basis,” Underwood said.
Underwood nominated Maggio in thanks for his support of Army ROTC at Northwestern State and to give him the opportunity to learn more about opportunities available to qualified students who want to serve in the U.S. Army.
“Dr. Maggio has extensive expertise and experience in student recruitment,” Underwood said. “His experiences as a life-long educator make him the perfect candidate to develop strong relationships with Army soldiers and leaders in order to tell the Army’s story to others while he performs his duties for NSU. Dr. Maggio is the ideal person on campus and in the community to educate others on the opportunities available to qualified students who want to serve their nation in the U. S. Army.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a year-round high school outreach program that recognizes the talents of the best and brightest students from across the country and culminates in the nation’s premier high school all-star football game.
Most importantly, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl connects America with its Army by allowing both public and influential leaders like Maggio to meet with Army soldiers, civilians, cadets and future soldiers. In addition to athletes, high school musicians are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, comprising 125 of the nation’s finest marching band participants, to perform at halftime.