By Don Robbins, Ho'okele Assistant Editor
NFL players from throughout the United States have arrived in Hawaii for the annual Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium. This year, the format of the game on Sunday has changed.
It is no longer an AFC vs. NFC matchup, but the event now includes a Pro Bowl draft that will diversify the rosters to include both AFC and NFC players on a team.
NFL has shuffled the play-book this year by having Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders serving as alumni captains and picking the teams.
Volunteers from the armed services, including Sailors and Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, will participate in the Pro Bowl festivities.
Other Pro Bowl activities this weekend include several options for families and single military service members.
They include a free Ohana Day, which the NFL will hold from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Ohana Day is a family-friendly event open to the public. It will include prize drawings, contests, challenges, games and a sneak peek of the pre-game and half-time shows.
In addition, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Liberty Program is again helping single Sailors and Airmen enjoy the Pro Bowl. Every year when the game is played in Hawaii, the Liberty Program purchases tickets which qualifying active duty members are able to sign up.
Liberty also hosts a free tail-gate party prior to the game. Food and beverages are provided for the attendees and Liberty provides transportation to and from the party and game.
The official Pro Bowl Tailgate Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Richardson Field. Pro Bowl opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. at Aloha Stadium and the game is set to kick off at 2 p.m.
For more information on Pro Bowl events, visit the Great Life Hawaii website or Great Life Hawaii Facebook.
For Pro Bowl ticket availability, call Information, Tickets and Travel at 448-2295 and for the Liberty Program, call 473-2583.