THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - The Manning Passing Academy seems to be pretty comfortable at Nicholls State University. So cozy in fact, a new agreement has been hammered out that will keep the annual 4-day football immersion in Thibodaux for the next five years.
Nicholls State has hosted the camp since 2005. More than 1,000 high school athletes and over 100 coaches and counselors from the NFL, colleges and high schools across the country come every year.
Previously held each July, the 2016 Manning Passing Academy and future MPA camps will welcome campers June 23-26 to comply with NCAA recruiting regulations.
"The ongoing partnership between Nicholls and the Manning Passing Academy is a win-win-win for Nicholls, the Mannings and the City of Thibodaux," said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. "Nicholls, along with our community partners, are committed to delivering the best experience possible, and we are grateful to the Mannings for choosing our university to help educate and inspire young athletes each summer."
Since arriving at Nicholls, the Manning Passing Academy has helped the university make campus improvements including a new AstroTurf surface at John L. Guidry Stadium. A drainage project was also designed and installed to optimize surface conditions for the 20-acre field behind the stadium, where most of the Manning Passing Academy takes place.
One of the Manning Passing Academy's biggest draws — the Saturday Night Lights quarterback challenge — benefits Nicholls athletics programs. The challenge gives campers a front-row seat as they watch some of the country's top college quarterbacks compete in a football passing competition.