6th Round Draft Pick Live from Rock Island April 27th

Rock Island is hosting a FREE live hometown event to announce 2019 NFL Draft picks!

The entire community is invited to join in celebration on April 27th at the Austin E. Knowlton Athletic Complex at Augustana College. 

Gates Open: 12:00 pm

Family Fun Zone:  Bounce houses, Games, & Goodie Bags for the first 150 kids

Youth Football Skills Clinic (Presented by Xtream): 12:30 PM (Sign Up for Skills Clinic)
This 1 hour clinic for 1st - 6th grade girls and boys will be led by Rock Island High School, Alleman High School, and Augustana College football teams. It will include on-the-field skills, drills, and fun for all skill levels. Check in is at 12:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Register by April 12th to guarantee a t-shirt.

Vintage Football Game (Presented by Ericksen Chevrolet):  Rock Island Independents vs. St. Paul Ideals - 2:00 pm

Watch a re-creation of the game that took place in September of 1920 at Douglas Park, including historical uniforms and game rules.
*Sometime between 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM event activities will break as the NFL will be broadcasting a 6th round draft pick live from Rock Island. Be there by 2:00 pm to be a part of this historic occasion!

  • National Anthem performed by Lissie before the game
  • ROCKIN Music with a live DJ and local high school pep bands
  • Food Concessions by Augustana College
  • Local Brews by Bent River Brewing Company
  • Commemorative T-shirts for sale

No outside food or beverages allowed. Pop-up tents are not permitted and chairs may not be set up on the track. Overflow parking and shuttle service every 20 minutes will be available at MidAmerican Energy Parking Lot. 

Thank you to the following agencies for helping make this community event possible: Augustana College, Eriksen Chevrolet (presenting the Vintage Football Game), Xtream (presenting the Youth Skills Clinic), Midwest Complete Construction, Gas & Electric Credit Union, City of Rock Island, and Rock Island Parks and Recreation.

Nearly 100 years after the National Football League was born in Canton, Ohio, the NFL is celebrating the 13 communities, including Rock Island, that were home to the 14 teams of its inaugural season. The initiative is part of ‘NFL100,’ a year-long commemoration of its centennial season bringing together generations of football fans, players, communities and all 32 clubs for a unique line-up of programming and activities. 

During the 2019 NFL Draft, selections from Rock Island and 7 of the league’s “Original Towns” outside of the 32 current NFL markets will be made live in the telecast. Our hometown celebration will showcase Rock Island’s history alongside fans and elected officials.

“There’s no better way to bring the League’s hundred years of history full circle than to partner with these communities and recognize their important place in history as part of the NFL’s centennial celebration,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Visit NFL.com/100 for more on how the NFL is celebrating its 100th season.

Over the past three years the Rock Island Parks & Recreation Department has worked tirelessly with the community, Friends of Douglas Park, the Vintage Football Group, the City and many others to refurbish the historic park. The end goal is to protect history and provide a community park for community activities and engagement.  A lot of progress has been made at the park, and the focus will remain on fundraising to complete the project.

To support Friends of Douglas Park in rejuvenating and maintaining the vitality of Douglas Park as a local, state and national historical legacy and destination, as well as a safe, well-known and proud location for a variety of neighborhood, community and regional activities you can help in many ways including joining the Friends with a $20.00 annual membership, donating your time by volunteering for work day projects or fundraising events, or purchasing merchandise for sale. Contact FODP at kc76ers@msn.com to get involved.

For more event information call Rock Island Parks and Recreation at (309) 732-7275. For inclement weather on event day, please contact (309) 732-RAIN.