James Ihedigbo Invitational set for later this month

Former New England Patriot James Ihedigbo will be running his second annual clinic for high school players on Saturday, April 20, at his alma mater Amherst Regional High School.

The day will consist of Ihedigbo -- an Amherst High (2002) and UMass (2007) graduate who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens this past year -- leading off with a welcome speech, followed by individual drills, 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, lunch and an awards presentation.

All high school student-athletes from Massachusetts are invited to participate. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is just $20 to register.

The event is being organized by UMass' Association for Diversity in Sport club. All profits from the James Ihedigbo Invitational will benefit HOPE Africa, an organization he founded in 2007 in an effort to continue his father's dream of helping those back in his home country of Nigeria. HOPE Africa helps deserving African students who have a deep determination to excel through education by providing them scholarships to elite American Universities as well as providing a network of support, resources and opportunities. While in the United States, students will participate in service projects and engagement within their American communities.

For more information, CLICK HERE for the event's website. You can also contact Alex Mercer (amercer@student.umass.edu) or Caleb Engelbourg (cengelbo@student.umass.edu).