Today's featured events: High school footballers everywhere get a big pat on the butt from Tony Dungy

Winning NFL coach Tony Dungy thinks the stars of tomorrow deserve to get off to a positive start, and that's why, for the first time ever, he's hosting Tony Dungy's RED ZONE '09, a special Fathom Events screening tonight at more than 450 theaters nationwide, including eleven here along the Front Range. And although the big-time coaching session is designed to kick off the high-school football season with a great big, collective pat on the butt for America's youthful footballers, it's certain to also have some appeal for anyone who loves to toss the pigskin, or even to just follow the game. Why? Some of the inspirational guests joining Dungy onscreen to share tips and personal stories include three-time league MVP Peyton Manning, Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders, Dallas Cowboys hall-of-famer Michael Irvin, USC head coach Pete Carroll and others. Plus, Dungy, an avid advocate for youth, saves some special advice for parents of high school athletes on how to help their kids excel.

Local screenings begin at 6 p.m.; get a list of participating theaters and reserve tickets (they're $15 each) online at Fathom's website. Then, let the games begin.

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