Monday, December 31, 2018


FirstLight Federal Credit Union Opens Up Contest with Plenty to Win July 17, 2018

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Opens Up Contest with Plenty to Win

EL PASO, Texas – Artists from all across the El Paso region have a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves while being given a chance to win some nice prizes. FirstLight Federal Credit Union and the Sun Bowl Association have announced the “FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Poster Contest” that starts today.

“We wanted to continue to find ways to keep the community involved with our parade and wanted to find a way to give back,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director for the Sun Bowl Association. “We have some of the best artists around and we know we will receive some amazing entries.”

An entry can be submitted starting on Tuesday, July 17 with the final entries being accepted on Saturday, Sept. 15. Entries can be submitted at digitally via email at or can be dropped off at the Sun Bowl Association office, which is located at 4150 Pinnacle St., Suite 100, El Paso, Texas). The poster must be 11” x 17” and must be original art. Any mixed media is suitable for reproduction, including computer-generated graphics. Copyrighted artwork and photos on a poster will automatically disqualify an entry.

The winning entry will be the official 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster and will be printed for distribution. The artist and winning poster will also be featured on the FirstLight Federal Credit Union and Sun Bowl websites along with their social media pages. In addition, the winner will receive four tickets to the FirstLight Sun Bowl Breakfast, which is held before the parade on Thanksgiving Day, as well as a pair of tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game, which will be held on Dec. 31, 2018.

“We look forward to seeing the entries we will receive,” Olivas said. “I am sure it will be fun and challenging to judge and pick a winner.”

The judging will be done by various employees and board members from the Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union. Judging will be based on creativity, clarity and relativity to the parade theme, which is “Amazing Feats.”

“We are excited to see the wealth of talent in the community produce something unique for this year’s parade,” said Natalia Flores, Marketing Manager, FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “It will be amazing feat in itself, having a local artist produce the winning poster.”

The winner will be announced via press release on or before Oct. 1, 2018.

For more information and a complete list of Rules and Regulations of the contest, please go to or call Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas at 915-533-4416.

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Theme Announced for 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade June 20, 2018

Theme Announced for 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced on Friday, June 21 that the theme for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is “Amazing Feats.”

Can you think of an “Amazing Feat” from any time in history? Examples of some “Amazing Feats” for a float can include accomplishments found in the Guiness Book of World Records, feats from History books or Biblical feats, such as Moses parting the Red Sea. Other ideas can include eating records, engineering feats or athletic records like the world record for most footballs kicked in one minute or the longest shot-put. Another example of an “Amazing Feat” is UTEP winning the 1966 National Championship in basketball.

“This theme allows those entering a float to be very creative and gives the builders lots of freedom to show that creativity,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We are excited to see what kind of ideas come up and hope that everyone has fun with this theme.”

Themes for individual floats should be built around the 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union
Sun Bowl Parade theme of “Amazing Feats.” Float entry applications are due at the Sun Bowl Association office, which is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso, Texas, no later than Sept. 8, 2018. A mock-up of the float, or of the artwork, along with a written description of the float and sponsor information should be sent along with the entry form and certificate of insurance no later than Sept. 8, 2018.

The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is hosting the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament at the West Side Soccer Complex (201 Isela Rubalcava) in El Paso, Texas, Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

There are approximately 130 teams set to play in the 19th edition of the tournament with groups coming into El Paso from Juarez, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and other areas throughout New Mexico and Texas. The tournament is open to boys and girls that range from U6 to U19.

“Teams and the community appreciate this tournament,” said Joe Daubach, the Special Events Director for the Sun Bowl Association. “It’s exciting to challenge all of our volunteers to take this tournament to the next level year after year. We strive to promote El Paso, while encouraging visitors to stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants. Teams leave with a great outlook about El Paso.”

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning with the tournament wrapping up on Sunday evening. Trophies will be awarded for first place teams in U9-U19 age brackets while the younger kids will all get medals, no matter where they place.

For more information about the tournament, please contact the Sun Bowl Association at 915-533-4416 or go online at

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the teams coming to El Paso for the 57th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, which will be held in the Don Haskins Center, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22.

The four-team tournament includes two top-100 (RPI) teams and a former UTEP-conference rival from the Western Athletic Conference. Wyoming returns to El Paso for the holiday tournament and joins East Tennessee State, Norfolk State and home team, UTEP on the hardwood.

“We appreciate all the hard work that the Sun Bowl committee puts into hosting this tournament, and finding quality opponents to compete in it year in and year out,” said UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry.

East Tennessee State is making its first appearance in the oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament in the nation, while Wyoming is making its second appearance. The first time the Cowboys played in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational was in 2007, going 1-1 that year. This is Norfolk State’s third appearance in the Invitational after making it to the championship game in 2015. The Miners have played in every tournament since it began in 1961.

“We are thrilled about this year’s field. We are hoping to continue our plan of bringing in the best teams we can find,” Sun Bowl basketball committee chairman Barry Kobren said. “East Tennessee posted an RPI of 92 and Wyoming finished with an RPI of 98 last year. With the addition of new UTEP head coach Rodney Terry and some great recruits coming to El Paso, this looks to be a very competitive tournament once again.”

The North Dakota State Bison defeated the UTEP Miners 63-51 in the championship game of the 2017 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational to take home the hardware on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 in the Don Haskins Center. NDSU used a 19-2 scoring run during the final seven and a half minutes of the game to secure the victory. Guard Paul Smith, who was awarded the Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Trophy, led all players with 19 points. Sophomore guard Tyson Ward, who was named to the all-tournament team, tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“This tournament has become a tradition and the history of teams and players that have come through El Paso is tremendous,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “Our basketball committee, which is led by Barry Kobren, continues to seek out and work towards bringing quality teams to the Don Haskins Center and El Paso.”

East Tennessee State
ETSU head coach Steve Forbes enters his fourth season with the Buccaneers, and has totaled 76 wins and a .724 win percentage in his first three seasons. Forbes holds the 14th highest win percentage among current NCAA Division I head coaches.
ETSU is a member of the Southern Conference and has made 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament, while totaling 22 conference championships in program history.
• The Buccaneers are coming off a 25-win campaign in 2017-18, including a 16-game win streak, which tied a program record and also stood as the longest win streak in the country at one point during that run. The Blue and Gold also tied a program record with 11 true road wins a year ago.
ETSU boasts one of the nation’s longest three-point streaks, as the Bucs have made at least one three-pointer in 963 consecutive games, marking the seventh-longest active streak.

Norfolk State Spartans
• Head Coach Robert Jones (Sixth Season)
NSU finished 14-19 overall last year, 11-5 in the MEAC.
• The Spartans tied for 4th in the league standings in 2017-18, the first time in 7 years they did not finish 3rd or better.
• They have still finished 4th or better in the league in 11 of the last 12 seasons.
NSU set school records last year for 3-pointers (254) and 3-point field goal % (35.9)
• The Spartans ranked in the top 60 in the nation last year in turnovers forced, rebounds per game and field goal % defense.
• Head coach Robert Jones is 87-82 in his 5 seasons, including 58-22 in MEAC games.
• Played in the 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Championship.

UTEP Miners
• Head Coach Rodney Terry (First Season)
UTEP Basketball enters a new era in 2018-19 as Rodney Terry was appointed the 19th head coach in program history on March 12.
• Terry posted four 20-win seasons in the last five years as head coach at Fresno State, leading the Bulldogs to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
• Joining Terry on the UTEP staff are assistant coaches Lamont Smith, Brian Burton and Nick Matson, and Director of Basketball Operations Mark Gisbertz.
• The Miners return four key players from the 2017-18 season in senior forward Paul Thomas (8.1 ppg/5.4 rpg), junior guard Isiah Osborne (9.4 ppg) and sophomore guards Evan Gilyard (9.1 ppg) and Kobe Magee (4.5 ppg). UTEP also introduces a talented group of incoming freshmen including forward Kaosi Ezeagu, guard Nigel Hawkins and center Efe Odigie.

Wyoming Cowboys
• Head Coach Allen Edwards (Third Season) has won 20 or more games in his first two seasons as head coach.
• Wyoming is led by First Team All-Mountain West Player Justin James.
• The Pokes will play their first game in El Paso since 2008 when UW played in the Sun Bowl Invitational.
• The Cowboys have hit over 300 three pointers in each of the last three seasons.
• Wyoming has had two of their all-time top three scoring seasons in two seasons under Edwards.
• 2017 Final RPI – 98
• 2017 CBI Champion

In 2009, the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.

The Sun Bowl Association would like to thank WestStar Bank for supporting the nation’s oldest holiday basketball tournament as it has been the title sponsor for 10 consecutive years.

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced on Wednesday, May 23 that the 85th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off set for 12 p.m. (MT). The game, featuring a team from the ACC or Notre Dame taking on a team from of the Pac-12, will air on CBS for the 51st consecutive year.

“We are happy to announce that we are returning to our traditional New Year’s Eve slot,” Olivas said. “Many of our local fans had expressed to us that the New Year’s Eve date had become a family tradition and we are excited to have the game back on that day.”

Since the first Sun Bowl played on January 1, 1935, as a fundraising event for a local service club, the game has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction. With its picturesque stadium nestled between two mountains it has become a staple to the Southwest.

Ara Parseghian played here, as well as Merlin Olsen. Through the years, the Sun Bowl has hosted some of the greats of the game – Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Don Maynard, James Lofton, Carson Palmer, LaDainian Tomlinson and more recently Jonathan Stewart, Toby Gerhart, Mitch Trubisky, Solomon Thomas and Joey Harrington.

The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl consisted of No. 24 North Carolina State racking up 52 points to defeat Arizona State, 52-31, in front of 39,897 fans on beautiful Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack’s 52 points is the second-most scored by a team in the Sun Bowl’s prestigious history, trailing only the 56 scored by Oregon in 2007. The 83 combined points is also second-most in Sun Bowl history. UCLA and Northwestern combined to score 88 points in 2006.

Parking, RV parking and party passes are available for purchase at the Sun Bowl Association office. For questions concerning ADA ticket purchases and parking, please call the Sun Bowl Association office.

For ticket information about the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl go online to or call the Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket Manager at 915-533-4416.

Ticket Prices:
$22 – End Zone
$22 – Touchdown (upper corners of stadium)
$32 – Sun Seats
$47 – Stadium
$57 – Preferred
$62 – Premium
$652 – Captain’s Club

2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Poster

2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Poster