The California Showcase is a free one day, non-profit event presented by Coach Terry Donahue (formerly of UCLA, 1976-1995) and the National Football Foundation (founded in 1947 with current President/CEO Steve Hatchell) for high school seniors to display their skills to Division II, III, and NAIA football programs. Coach Donahue and the National Football Foundation believe that the opportunity of playing college football while earning a college degree has a profound effect on changing young peoples' lives.
The Showcase will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California (Sand Canyon & 5 Fwy.). It will feature athletes from all over California and bring together outstanding educational institutions in Division II, III, and NAIA programs from across the country.
The Showcase will be organized and managed by quality football coaches hand selected by Coach Donahue. Norm Anderson has been appointed as the Camp Director. Coach Anderson was a star with the UCLA Bruins, as both a player and coach. During his tenure, he appeared in a combined 7 Rose and Fiesta Bowls and finished his career with an unblemished record in those games. After playing at UCLA, Norm spent time with the Chicago Bears. Anderson returned to his Alma Mater and began his coaching career in 1977. He would go on to coach WR's and RB's over a 9 year period at UCLA. After leaving UCLA, Andersen became the Offensive Coordinator for Iowa State from 1987-91. Norm had a short stint as the Assistant Coach of the University of Arizona football team before returning to coach at UCLA.
The CA Showcase will include a series of tests and drills will be run that will best display each player's various talents at their respective positions. Following the activities, players and universities will meet to discuss scholarship opportunities for the participating athletes. Admission will be restricted to the athletes, participating coaches, visiting high school and college coaches, college administrators, and the media.
How It Works
Student athletes from across California will register online prior to the Showcase. They must be a graduating high school senior and have not accepted a scholarship offer from a Division I football program. In addition they must meet one of three following qualifications:
- Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
- Have an SAT score of 860 (math and verbal only) or higher
- Have an ACT of 16 or higher
Students must provide their own transportation to and from the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA (Sand Canyon & 5 Fwy.). Students are also required to bring two pairs of shoes (football shoes and running shoes) and any food they may require.
All Division II, III, and NAIA athletic directors and head football coaches will be invited to attend. There will be ample time for coaches to view the athletes in drills and to talk to them individually about their respective football programs. Staff from the admissions and financial aid departments are encouraged to attend as well.