Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Matthew Page... Real American Hero

Ball State football signee Matthew Page (East Chicago, Ind./Central H.S.) has been selected to play for USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team, which will compete in the sport’s first junior world championship this summer.

The 6-6, 300-pound offensive lineman is one of 36 graduating high school seniors who will play on America’s first national team in the sport comprised of players age 19 and under. USA Football’s Junior National Team roster will ultimately consist of 45 student-athletes.

USA Football, an independent non-profit and the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has built America’s first Junior National Team in the sport to compete in the eight-nation, four-continent 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, from June 27-July 5. National football teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden have qualified to join the United States to pursue the sport’s first world championship on the international junior level (19 and under).

USA Football’s Junior National Team is led by Chuck Kyle, head coach of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, who has led his Wildcats to 10 of Ohio’s past 21 state titles, including two USA TODAY National Championships.

“We are very excited for Matthew and his family for this selection,” Ball State head coach Stan Parrish says. “It is an outstanding honor for him and should be a wonderful experience. We are excited he was selected and proud he will represent Ball State football at this outstanding event.”

A team captain at East Chicago Central, Page earned four letters in football. Throughout his prep career, Page earned Hammond (Ind.) Times All-Area First Team and Gary (Ind.) Post Tribune All-Area Second Team after receiving honorable mention as a junior.

Huzzah and U.S.A.!

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