MWR to kick off Pro Bowl with events for NFL fans

(Via Ho’okele News)

(Left) Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during last year's Official NFL Pro Bowl Practice at Earhart field on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Top Right) Eli Manning of the New York Giants throws a pass during last year's Official NFL Pro Bowl Practice. (Above right) Champ Bailey signs autographs on the sideline of last year's practice. MWR Marketing photos

Emily McNulty

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

NFL players from all over the United States will soon arrive in Hawaii for the annual Pro Bowl Game. This year the format of the game has changed. It is no longer an AFC vs. NFC matchup, but a free-for-all including a Pro Bowl Draft that will diversify the rosters to include both AFC and NFC on a team.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Official NFL Pro Bowl Practice on Jan. 23 at Earhart Field, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This practice is open to all military-affiliated personnel and their sponsored guests. Fans are given the chance to watch the practice up close and personal on the sidelines. At the conclusion of the practice players will take pictures and sign autographs with fans on the sidelines. Patrons are advised to arrive early.

For those who can’t make the practice and have children, Ohana Day is another option. Ohana Day is a free, family-friendly event open to the general public.

MWR is able to offer a special package for military families. The MWR Ohana Day includes free bus service to and from Aloha Stadium on event day, special seating near the action, chances to participate in prize drawings, a chance for kids to get on the field for contests, challenges and games and a sneak peek of the pre-game and halftime shows.

Transportation is only available to Department of Defense ID cardholders with children in attendance. Adults must accompany youths 15 and under.

The reservation deadline is 9 a.m. Jan. 17. Patrons can register online at http://www.greatlifehawaii.com. In addition, patrons can still attend the event by driving themselves to the stadium.

Those who are still looking for Pro Bowl tickets can contact MWR. All Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) offices have Pro Bowl tickets for sale.

Patrons can choose from single tickets, to packages and Pro Bowl Tailgate Party tickets. For more information, ITT at 448-2295.

Patrons can also stop by the Hickam Bowling Center now through Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and bowl for a chance to win a pair of Pro Bowl tickets. They can receive one entry per game bowled during open bowling. Those who bowl three games in one day get a fourth bonus entry. The drawing will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. For more information, call the Hickam Bowling Center at 448-9959.

For more information on all Pro Bowl events visit www.greatlifehawaii.com or the Facebook page “Great Life Hawaii.”

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