JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pro Bowl action is heating up Thursday as the two squads are practicing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
This year, for the first time, the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams are practicing on the historic base. The practice was held at Hickam's Earhart Field, which was recently refurbished with the support of USAA.
The field upgrades began on Dec. 1.
In addition to the field refurbishment, USAA is providing more than 1,000 tickets to military assigned to the various military installations on the island of Oahu.
"Working with the NFL and USAA has been great," said Lara Katine, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events Director. "We'll be able to use the field long after the players are gone, and are very pleased they're able to provide so many troops with the rare opportunity to see the NFL's best play in our state."
On Wednesday, the AFC and NFC squads had their first practices at Kapolei High School.
They say it was very intense and focused session for both teams as they learned new terminology and mingled with new teammates.
An autograph session with NFL players will take place at the Verizon store at Kapolei Commons at 5 p.m.
Also at 5 p.m., Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and University of Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz will team up to help six-year-old Drew Ida who is recovering from a brain injury. They'll hold an autograph session and photo-opportunity fundraiser at the Pan Am Building's ground floor.