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LEGENDS TO HOLD FREE YOUTH FOOTBALL CLINIC IN JUNE

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Doug Williams, Senior Personnel Executive for the Washington Redskins and first African American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl, along with the legends and fans of the Redskins will visit the Melia Resort in Nassau, June 8-11, 2017, for a Bahamas weekend getaway. The visit is the first for the Redskins and part of its new, five-year partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (MOT). Williams will be joined by Redskins alumni Ricky Sanders, Timmy Smith, Dexter Manley, Jeff Bostic, Doc Walker, Clarence Vaughn, Ravin Caldwell, Vernon Dean and Reggie Branch along with Redskins cheerleaders and the voice of the Redskins, Larry Michael. “The MOT is excited and pleased to welcome this prestigious group to Nassau,” says Jeff Rodgers, Sr. Manager for Sports Tourism, at the MOT. “We are especially pleased to showoff the warm hospitality of our people, share with them via multiple opportunities the vibrant, authentic and diverse culture of our country while showcasing the beautiful sports tourism product (like the golf course at Baha Mar and Thomas A. Robinson Stadium) we possess,” he said.

Among some of the planned activities are a welcome reception and Junkanoo social on Thursday, June 8, a celebrity golf tournament at Baha Mar on June 9, a youth football and cheerleading clinic with Doug Williams and Redskins alumni at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium at 11 am on June 10 as well as other destination experiences including a sunset cruise, island tours and more. Youth between the ages of 6-17 years interested in attending the football and cheerleading clinic or for more information about the Doug Williams and Legends Celebrity weekend visit, www.dwbahamasweekend.com.

West End will come alive with the opening of the 7th Annual West End Snapper Fishing Tournament and Festival on Saturday morning, said Elaine Smith, Coordinator of Product Development, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama. During a press conference held in West End on Tuesday, she said the tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Festival will then kick into high gear until 11 p.m. Categories in the tournament: hand line fishermen will compete for the largest poundage of snappers, largest fish caught, and the most fish by pounds.Held in honour of the late Hortense Louise "Ma Tenza" Roker, the event will feature live entertainers such as Lil Joe Cartwright & Trouble, the Grand Bahama District Police Force Pop Band, a Junkanoo Rush Out, and local songwriter and performer, Avvy. Popular native dishes like conch salad, conch fritters, pastries and signature drinks will be available for sale, as well as traditional games, fish scaling, and watermelon eating contests. The family-oriented festival is designed to have something to offer Bahamians and visitors alike.

As Sunday, June 18, is Father's Day, there will be father/child scaling competitions.
"Ma Tenza", though unable to swim, enjoyed boating in the harbour of the picturesque seaside village of West End where she was born. "The Ministry of Tourism is pleased to partner in this initiative and acknowledge the potential economic impact to the local community and island as a whole," said Mrs. Smith. Registration for the event is currently ongoing and will continue until Saturday morning. Forms may be collected from the Ministry of Tourism. A number of establishments were responsible for bringing the event together: the Ministry of Tourism, H. Forbes Charter, BTC, West End Township, Chances, Express Food Mart, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Jamaican Delight, West End Foundation, Freeport Roofing and Construction Co., and Coffee on The Bay.

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