Event Information

Terry Donahue founded California Showcase

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 Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA will host the 2015 California Showcase

The Showcase will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. 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. 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 following qualifications:

one of the two
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Have an SAT score of 1000 (math and verbal only) or higher
  • Have an ACT of 18 or higher

Students must provide their own transportation to and from the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA. 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.