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OSCAR LEESER’S HYUNDAI OF EL PASO TAKING OVER AS TITLE SPONSOR OF ANNUAL SUN BOWL PARADE September 18, 2019

OSCAR LEESER’S HYUNDAI OF EL PASO TAKING OVER AS TITLE SPONSOR OF ANNUAL SUN BOWL PARADE

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association (SBA), along with Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso, have announced on Sept. 18, 2019, that one of El Paso’s most loved holiday traditions will be renamed the Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade, which will once again run on Thanksgiving morning along Montana Ave. This year marks the 83rd edition of the longstanding parade.

The contract with Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso is a two-year deal with the option of automatic renewal after the two years are up. The previous parade sponsor partnered with the SBA for 14 years.

“We cannot thank Mr. Oscar Leeser enough for his longstanding loyalty to the Sun Bowl Association and to the community,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the SBA. “[Oscar] Leeser has been a great partner for us over the past nine years and we are excited to continue our relationship and to see this parade continue to be one to the best community events in the southwest region.”

Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso will now supply the monetary funds necessary to put together amazing floats and the needed resources that assist in making this 80-plus-year event such a great success. Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso will also work with the SBA to secure a Grand Marshal of the parade each year. Past Grand Marshals include, WWII Veterans (2017), former W.B.A. light middleweight Boxing Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (2013), legendary UTEP men’s basketball player Nolan Richardson (2014), former UTEP men’s basketball coach Don Haskins, former PGA player Lee Trevino and the 1966 NCAA Champion-UTEP men’s basketball team (2015).

“As the title sponsor of the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game for the last nine years it was always a thrill to be part of this special event that I couldn’t even afford a ticket to as a boy,” said owner of Hyundai of El Paso, Oscar Leeser. “So, it gives me great pleasure to end the longest running sponsorship of the Sun Bowl [football game], to now become the title sponsor of the Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

The Sun Bowl parade started its humble beginnings on New Year’s Day in 1936 and has stood the test of time as an annual tradition here in El Paso. The Sun Bowl Association made the switch to a Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1978 and has been the tradition since.

“I am proud and honored to be the first to sponsor two of El Paso’s greatest events. I would like to thank the Sun Bowl Association for the great partnership, I am so happy to be able to continue to give back to our great city,” said Leeser.

For complete information on the newly named Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade go to the SBA website or click on the following link. http://sunbowl.org/events/parade

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ABOUT OSCAR LEESER’S HYUNDAI OF EL PASO
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ABOUT THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION
The Sun Bowl Association is a volunteer based nonprofit 501©(3) organization. The Sun Bowl Association, with the help of over 700 volunteers, promotes and serves the El Paso community and features a year-round schedule of events, culminating with the Annual Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl football game.

The Sun Bowl Association was founded in 1935 with a threefold purpose: 1) to present a football attraction of national importance, 2) to promote El Paso and the Southwest and 3) to generate tourist income for the area. On Oct. 18, 1934, at a meeting of the El Paso Kiwanis Club, Dr. Brice Schuller suggested that the club sponsor a football game on New Year’s Day, matching an El Paso High School All-Star Team against a worthy opponent. The motion was passed unanimously. It was decided to ask for public suggestions as to the name of this annual game, and the name “Sun Bowl” was submitted by Dr. C.M. Hendricks, who became the first president of the Sun Bowl Association.


MISSION TIGER September 17, 2019

MISSION TIGER

Across the country schools are having to cut sports and Tony the Tiger is on a mission to stop that. Visit http://www.missiontiger.com to learn how to help kids unleash their inner Tiger.


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART SEVEN) August 30, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART SEVEN)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl football game.

The series began Friday, July 19 and continues today with the final video, which involves Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas, as he speaks his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (@TonyTheTigerSunBowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/GRGaSA-TCV8


The Newly Named Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Challenge Presented by Boss Chicken Starts Today August 27, 2019

The Newly Named Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Challenge Presented by Boss Chicken Starts Today

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with Boss Chicken to give football fans around the country a chance to win a $1,400 Sun Bowl Game Package for the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl by participating in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Challenge presented by Boss Chicken.

The contest starts this week as the 2019 college football season is now underway. Each week contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Pac-12 games, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl conference affiliates. The first game for contestants to predict is set for Thursday, August 29.

With each game valued at one point, a weekly winner will be determined by the individual who accumulates the most points. In addition, contestants will be asked to estimate the total points scored by both teams of a predetermined game. In case of a tiebreaker, the contestant with the most accurate prediction of total points scored will be the weekly winner.

“Fans from around the country continue to have a great time with this promotion and we want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting one,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We would like to thank Boss Chicken for supporting this contest and hope it makes the college football season more exciting for everyone that participates.”

The 14 weekly winners will win two (2) Touchdown section tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game along with one (1) Boss Chicken BOSS COMBO.

Weekly winners will automatically advance to “Championship Week,” in which they will once again predict the winners of each college football conference championship game. The contestant with the most correctly chosen conference title games will receive two Captain’s Club level tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass and One (1) Boss Chicken FAMILY PACK (12 tenders, four fries, four drinks, four Texas Toast) & four sundaes.

Football fans must register for the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Challenge presented by Boss Chicken by logging into http://sunbowl.org/contest/register. For complete rules and regulations please visit http://sunbowl.org/contest/terms.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION IS INTENDED FOR VIEWING IN THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES ONLY AND SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW. DO NOT PROCEED WITH THIS PROMOTION IF YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES.

Objective of Contest
General. The objective of the Promotion is to correctly select the “winning team” for each U.S. college football game offered during the fourteen (14) weeks of the Promotion Period: Week fifteen (15) will be used to determine an overall contest winner. Each weekly winner will automatically be entered into the “Championship Week” where they will have to correctly select the “winning team” of the selected conference championship games.

• Week 1 (Thurs., Aug. 29)
• Week 2 (Thurs., Sept. 5)
• Week 3 (Thurs., Sept. 12)
• Week 4 (Thurs., Sept. 19)
• Week 5 (Thurs., Sept. 26)
• Week 6 (Thurs., Oct. 3)
• Week 7 (Thurs., Oct. 10)
• Week 8 (Thurs., Oct. 17)
• Week 9 (Thurs., Oct. 24)
• Week 10 (Thurs., Oct.. 31)
• Week 11 (Thurs., Nov. 7)
• Week 12 (Thurs., Nov. 14)
• Week 13 (Thurs., Nov. 21)
• Week 14 (Thurs., Nov. 28)
• Week 15 Championship Week (Thurs., Dec. 5)

Complete Rules and Regulations
1. This contest is open to all persons 18 years of age and older. Employees and agents of the Sun Bowl Association and their immediate family members are prohibited from winning any prizes awarded in this contest. Limit to one entry per person per week.

2. Eligible entries must be received no later than the kick-off time of the first game of each week of the NCAA College football season.

3. No purchase necessary.

4. The contest prizes are:

One (1) First place prize of:
Two (2) Captain’s Club Tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game
One (1) parking pass
Two (2) Pre-game tent party tickets
One (1) Boss Chicken FAMILY PACK (12 Tenders, 4 Fries, 4 Drinks, 4 Texas Toast) & 4 SUNDAES

One (1) Second Place winner will receive:
Two (2) Premium section tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game
One (1) garage parking pass
One (1) Boss Chicken FAMILY PACK (12 Tenders, 4 Fries, 4 Drinks, 4 Texas Toast) & 4 LARGE CUSTARDS

One (1) Third Place winner will receive:
Two (2) Preferred section tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game
One (1) garage parking pass
One (1) Boss Chicken FAMILY PACK (12 Tenders, 4 Fries, 4 Drinks, 4 Texas Toast) & 4 MEDIUM CUSTARDS

One (1) Fourth Place winner will receive:
Two (2) Stadium section tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game
One (1) garage parking pass.
One (1) Boss Chicken FAMILY PACK (12 Tenders, 4 Fries, 4 Drinks, 4 Texas Toast) & 4 SMALL CUSTARDS

One (1) Fifth Place winner will receive:
Two (2) Sun Seats section tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game
One (1) garage parking pass.
One (1) Boss Chicken FAMILY PACK (12 Tenders, 4 Fries, 4 Drinks, 4 Texas Toast)

Fourteen (14) Weekly winners will receive:
Two (2) Touchdown section tickets to the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game
One (1) Boss Chicken BOSS COMBO

Approximate value of prizes are as follows: 1st place prize – $1,412.00, 2nd place prize – $175.00, 3rd place prize – $160, 4th place prize – $138, 5th place prize – $98, Weekly winners prize – $53

5. The Sun Bowl Association reserves the right to substitute a product of equivalent or higher value in the event that the prize described herein is unavailable.

6. To enter the contest, log on to the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl website at www.sunbowl.org/contest and correctly select the “winning team” for each U.S. college football game offered during the fourteen (14) weeks of the Promotion Period. Weekly contest winners will be determined by the individuals who have accumulated the most points during that week. In the event of a tie the tie breaker will be used to determine that week’s winner by whoever is closest to the total points scored by both teams in the predetermined game each week. The Sun Bowl Association will randomly draw a weekly winner in the event that there is still a tie after the tie breaker. Weekly winners can only win once. Weekly winners will be automatically entered into the “Championship Week” where they will then have to correctly select the “winning team” of each U.S. college football conference championship game offered during the fifteenth (15) week. In the event of a tie the tie breaker will be used to determine a contest winner by whoever guesses closest to the total points scored by all teams combined in the 2019 PAC-12 and 2019 ACC Championship games. The Sun Bowl Association will randomly draw a winner in the event that there is still a tie after the tie breaker.

7. To be confirmed as the winner, the selected entrant will be required to sign a declaration and release form that confirms compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize awarded, releases the contest sponsors and their agents from any liability and consents to the use of his/her name, voice and/or photograph or likeness without compensation in any materials disseminated by the Sun Bowl Association in connection with this contest.

8. The prizes are not transferable or convertible into cash or otherwise and must be accepted as awarded. Contest winners may not request substitution of prizes awarded.

9. The Sun Bowl Association reserves the right to alter the terms of this contest or terminate or withdraw this contest at any time without prior notice, as allowed by law. All results and decisions made by the Sun Bowl Association are final.

10. This contest is subject to all and Federal, State and Municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

11. The Sun Bowl Association and its affiliates accept no responsibility for stolen, lost or misdirected entries.

12. Neither the Sun Bowl Association, Sun Bowl Association sponsors, nor employees or volunteers of the Sun Bowl Association or its sponsors may be held liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of usage of any winners of a prize once possession has been taken of the product by winner. The Sun Bowl Association makes no warranties (express or implied) and is not liable for any loss arising out of or in connection with or resulting from any contest promoted by the Sun Bowl Association.

13. Entry forms obtained from unauthorized sources or that are illegible, mutilated, altered, mechanically reproduced, forged, counterfeited, or irregular in any way will be considered void.

14. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees, and all such additional costs which may be incurred. The Sun Bowl Association reserves the right to submit all applicable tax forms to contest winners reflecting the value of prizes awarded.

15. Good luck!


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART SIX) August 23, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART SIX)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl football game.

The series began Friday, July 19 and continues today with Sun Bowl Association Media Relations Director Eddie Morelos, as he speaks his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (@TonyTheTigerSunBowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)


TONY THE TIGER® CLAIMS SUN BOWL TITLE PARTNERSHIP AND RETURNS THE GAME TO ORIGINAL MISSION: HELPING KIDS PLAY SPORTS August 20, 2019

TONY THE TIGER® CLAIMS SUN BOWL TITLE PARTNERSHIP AND RETURNS THE GAME TO ORIGINAL MISSION: HELPING KIDS PLAY SPORTS

EL PASO, Texas — Today, a new era of college football begins as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® is announced as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl. The postseason contest will feature a power-five matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will be televised for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The agreement between the Sun Bowl Association and Frosted Flakes® was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger® being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. What’s more, Tony is returning the Sun Bowl to its inaugural mission — helping kids play sports — something that hasn’t been a focus since the birth of the Sun Bowl.

In 1935, the first-ever Sun Bowl was played to benefit underprivileged children and to finance improvements for the El Paso High School Stadium. In 2019, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl will align with Tony’s “Mission Tiger” initiative, raising awareness and funds for at-risk middle school sports programs through a multiyear partnership with nonprofit DonorsChoose.org. Whether a team has been eliminated, needs to upgrade training equipment or needs new uniforms, “Mission Tiger” is ready to help.

“Tony the Tiger has been dedicated to fueling active kids since 1952, and it’s a core value we share with the founders of the Sun Bowl Association,” said Brant Wheaton, Marketing Director of Kellogg U.S. Ready-To-Eat Cereal segment. “At Frosted Flakes, we believe every kid should have a chance to be able to play like a Tiger and are committed to keeping middle school kids active in the El Paso community and beyond.”

The Sun Bowl features events all week long that celebrate the city and welcome visitors to enjoy the sense of community that comes from playing and watching football.

“In light of the recent, heartbreaking events in El Paso, it is more important now than ever to focus on the strength of this community and the events that make our city great,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with Tony the Tiger and Frosted Flakes to help continue this event’s longstanding tradition of uniting our community, and with a renewed focus on aiding middle school sports, we hope to positively impact families and young athletes beyond game day.”

In addition to the exclusive naming rights the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl has a fresh new logo for the 86-year old game. The fully integrated partnership will amplify across digital and social media, content, in-stadium exposure, product sampling and on-site activation at the game and other Sun Bowl organization events.

Follow the Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl through social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and learn more at MissionTiger.com. Ticket packages for the 2019 Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl go on sale on Sept. 1 and can be purchased by visiting SunBowl.org or calling 915-533-4416.

TONY THE TIGER® CLAIMS SUN BOWL TITLE PARTNERSHIP AND RETURNS THE GAME TO ORIGINAL MISSION: HELPING KIDS PLAY SPORTS

TONY THE TIGER® CLAIMS SUN BOWL TITLE PARTNERSHIP AND RETURNS THE GAME TO ORIGINAL MISSION: HELPING KIDS PLAY SPORTS

TONY THE TIGER® CLAIMS SUN BOWL TITLE PARTNERSHIP AND RETURNS THE GAME TO ORIGINAL MISSION: HELPING KIDS PLAY SPORTS

TONY THE TIGER® CLAIMS SUN BOWL TITLE PARTNERSHIP AND RETURNS THE GAME TO ORIGINAL MISSION: HELPING KIDS PLAY SPORTS

ABOUT THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION
The Sun Bowl Association is a volunteer based nonprofit 501©(3) organization. The Sun Bowl Association, with the help of over 700 volunteers, promotes and serves the El Paso community and features a year-round schedule of events, culminating with the Annual Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl football game.

The Sun Bowl Association was founded in 1935 with a threefold purpose: 1) to present a football attraction of national importance, 2) to promote El Paso and the Southwest and 3) to generate tourist income for the area. On Oct. 18, 1934, at a meeting of the El Paso Kiwanis Club, Dr. Brice Schuller suggested that the club sponsor a football game on New Year’s Day, matching an El Paso High School All-Star Team against a worthy opponent. The motion was passed unanimously. It was decided to ask for public suggestions as to the name of this annual game, and the name “Sun Bowl” was submitted by Dr. C.M. Hendricks, who became the first president of the Sun Bowl Association.

ABOUT KELLOGG COMPANY
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we strive to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Our beloved brands include Pringles®, Cheez-It®, Special K®, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats®, Kashi®, RXBAR® and more. Net sales in 2018 were approximately $13.5 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods. Kellogg brands are beloved in markets around the world. We are also a company with Heart & Soul, committed to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 through our Kellogg’s® Better Days global purpose platform. Visit www.KelloggCompany.com or www.OpenforBreakfast.com.

ABOUT IMPRESSION SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Impression Sports & Entertainment (ISE) specializes in providing clients with full-service sponsorship sales representation, sponsorship consulting and venue naming rights services. Founded in 2011, ISE has established itself as one of the leading firms in the industry by working with top brands including USC, the San Antonio Spurs, Auburn University, the Fiesta Bowl organization, USA Swimming and ESPN Events among others. Its management team provides in-depth experience and results-driven success in venue naming rights, title sponsorships and high-profile sales and sponsorship platforms. Based in Denver, CO, ISE is owned by Home Team Sports (HTS) a sales unit of FOX Sports that offers advertisers one-stop shopping for TV and digital media sponsorship of every MLB, NBA and NHL home team across the U.S., reaching 90+ million homes with its platforms. For more information on Impression Sports, including a complete client roster and testimonials, visit www.impressionsports.com.


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART FIVE) August 16, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART FIVE)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series began Friday, July 19 and continues today with retired El Paso Times Sports Editor Bill Knight as he speaks his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)


SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019-20 SUN COURT August 12, 2019

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019-20 SUN COURT

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association announced the 2019 Sun Court, including a new Sun Queen, Lady-in-Waiting, and Sun Princesses on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the El Paso Country Club

Ten new Sun Princesses join the 2019-20 Sun Queen, Elizabet Vega and Lady-in-Waiting, Diana Martinez as ambassadors for the Sun Bowl Association, while also representing the city of El Paso.

“Our Sun Court is a very important part of our association and events,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “These young ladies, who are all originally from El Paso, are very well rounded and represent the Borderland very well.”

The Sun Court Coronation has been a part of the Sun Bowl since the first-ever college Sun Bowl game played in 1936. Coronation played a huge social role in the “Sun Carnival”, the week-long pageantry associated with the Sun Bowl.

According to the 1938 Sun Bowl game program, “The social side of the Sun Carnival centers around the Coronation of the Sun Queen with her Lady-In-Waiting and Royal Court of Princesses from all the cities of the Sun Empire and the Grand Ball tendered by the Association in honor of Her Majesty and Court.”

Today, the Sun Court serves as ambassadors for the city of El Paso. The ladies of the court volunteer at various community events and make appearances at the Marathon All-America Golf Classic, the Sun Bowl Parade, Weststar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Hyundai Sun Bowl, Helen of Troy Charm Camp and many other events throughout the year.

2019-20 Sun Court

Elizabeth Vega – 2019 Sun Queen
Elizabeth Vega is the daughter of Angela Olivas and Manuel Vega. She is a 2016 graduate of Coronado High School and the International Baccalaureate Program where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. Her philanthropy began in high school when she formed Packages for Patriots, assembling care packages for Fort Bliss soldiers returning from deployment.

Her college education commenced at the University of Arizona where she was appointed as the Vice President of IT for the Eller College of Management Dean’s Council and was the recipient of the Rising Star Award her outstanding achievements in academics. Elizabeth was a Pre-Professional Academic Communities of Excellence (P.A.C.E.) member, serving as a mentor for incoming Eller College of Management pre-business freshmen. She has since continued her education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Now a senior majoring in Marketing, she has maintained a 4.0 and has been named to the Dean’s list at both Arizona and UTEP.

Outside of her education and career goals, Elizabeth has made it her mission to volunteer her time throughout El Paso. She assisted in bell ringing during the holiday season to encourage donations towards the Salvation Army. She helped demolish and clean a new location for the El Pasoans Food Bank. At the Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes, she directed participants and cheered them on along the route. She worked with Rebuilding Together El Paso to repaint and repair the house of a community member as a part of National Rebuilding Day.

While Elizabeth has worked at UTEP and El Paso Locomotive FC, volunteered throughout the city, and served as a 2018 Sun Princess, she has gained a greater understanding of the city of El Paso. From the beauty of the Franklin mountains, the richness of the culture, and the hospitality of El Pasoans, it truly is a place like no other. The Sun Bowl is an organization that exemplifies these qualities to every visitor while also giving back to the community. Elizabeth is honored to represent both the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso as the 2019 Sun Bowl Queen.

2019-20 Sun Queen, Elizabeth Vega

2019-20 Sun Queen, Elizabeth Vega

Diana Martinez – 2019 Lady-in-Waiting
Diana Martinez is the daughter of Daniel and Gabriela Martinez. Diana is graduate of Hanks High School and currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. Upon graduation, she will earn a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology and Spanish. Ultimately, her goal is to become a physical therapist to help the elderly along with athletes in rehabilitation.

Currently, Diana is a Presidential Excellence Scholarship recipient which is a scholarship that is awarded to students with exceptional leadership skills. She has also been on the Dean’s list for three consecutive years. Chosen among students in the Kinesiology department, she was chosen as a runner up to participate in the American College of Sports Medicine State conference. To add on to her scholastic achievements, Diana is the Vice President of the Kinesiology club and the social outreach officer of the Pre-Physical Therapy Association at UTEP.

Being part of the sun court is a significant accomplishment for Diana because she feels that the Sun Court displays the grace and forte of a group of educated women and what they have to offer for future generations.

Lady-in-Waiting, Diana Martinez and Sun Queen, Elizabeth Vega

Lady-in-Waiting, Diana Martinez and Sun Queen, Elizabeth Vega

Alison McLean – 2019 Sun Princess
Alison McLean is the daughter of Michael and Gina McLean. She graduated from Coronado High School in 2017 and is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin where she is pursuing dual majors in Accounting and Business Honors. She is also a part of the Business Honors Program in the McCombs School of Business.

During her time at the University of Texas, Alison has been involved in the Beta Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma and is currently serving as the Assistant Philanthropy Chair where she works closely with members of Reading is Fundamental and the B+ Foundation to organize events and promote the importance of literacy in the community and philanthropy within the chapter. In addition to her leadership role within in her sorority, Alison also serves as a member of the Ethics Board and as a Hometown Recruiter within the Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business. Through these positions, Alison has worked closely with the school’s faculty to promote ethical behavior and has helped promote the Business Honors Program to potential applicants.

Alison has always shown a passion for service and giving back to her community. In high school, Alison gave back to the El Paso Community through her numerous years serving on the Coronado Student Council. Now, she is building on her passion for service in the Austin community by serving as a Community Mentor with Austin Partners in Education.

Ever since Alison was a little girl, she has looked up to the Sun Court as models of community service. Now Alison hopes to serve as a role model to the next generation of girls in El Paso and is eager to represent the city of El Paso in such a unique and impactful way.

Briana Guerrero – 2019 Sun Princess
Briana Guerrero is the daughter of Carlos & Angelica Guerrero. She is a senior studying Graphic Design at the University of Texas at El Paso and a graduate of Harmony Science Academy.

Briana was recently elected President of the UTEP chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Although she is still training for her newly elected position, she is excited to get started, as she has many ideas on how to strengthen the connections between the organizations members and lead a thriving group of designers.

Before enrolling at UTEP, Brianna attended Abilene Christian University, where she had an internship with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. During her internship she was tasked with designing promotional materials for various campaigns aimed at promoting diversity on campus. While working in this internship she had the chance to interact with students from all over the world, which she says ignited a passion for learning about other cultures.

Brianna says that it is an absolute privilege to represent El Paso as part of the Sun Court. She wants the opportunity to speak to out of town visitors about the cultural richness and diversity of El Paso. However, she says she is most excited to be giving back to the city that “has her heart”.

Brittany Baffert – 2019 Sun Princess
Brittany Baffert is the daughter of Bret and Sandra Baffert. Brittany is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in Applied Learning and Development and is a graduate of Coronado High School. Aside from her academic endeavors, Brittany enjoys playing golf and giving back to her community.

Brittany has been involved in several organizations in her time at UTEP. Brittany recently served as the as the Sisterhood Chair for her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. In her term as Sisterhood chair she was an advocate for the organization Autism Speaks and helped develop the importance of sisterhood within the chapter. Brittany is also a member of Christians at UTEP and is a recipient of Mount Kiwanis Scholarship.

In 2017, Brittany volunteered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of El Paso where she helped organize and facilitate the “Dance for Kid’s Sake” fundraiser. She has also been able to give back to her community through her job at Topgolf. Topgolf consistently works with the Make a Wish Foundation in order to grant wishes to children with life threatening conditions. In addition to working at Topgolf, Brittany also is employed as a sales associate at Kendra Scott, where she partakes in KGB (Kendra Gives Back) parties where a percentage is given back to local organizations/ individuals in the community as she holds the core value of philanthropy close to her heart.

Brittany’s love for the El Paso Community and commitment to giving back is what inspired her to apply to be on the Sun Court. She is looking forward to being a spokesperson for the Sun City and leaving a positive impact on El Paso.

Carla Viesca – 2019 Sun Princess
Carla Viesca is the daughter of Dr. Carlos and Rocio Viesca. She is a rising senior studying Psychology with a minor in Biology at Baylor University and a Franklin High School graduate. Upon graduation she plans on applying to medical school and hopes to attend a Texas Medical School in the fall of 2020.

While at Baylor, Carla has become a member of the pre-health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) and the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). Carla has served on the yearly MAPS medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she helped set up clinics and pharmacies for the community. Carla will also be serving on the executive board as the Mission Trip Co-Chair for MAPS this coming year.

Carla has volunteered in El Paso at the El Paso Specialty Hospital and in Waco with the Family Health Center and Quality Care Nursing Home, while also researching and volunteering at Baylor Scott & White in Temple.

Carla loves the close-knit community of El Paso and hopes to return one day as a physician in order to better serve her community. In the meantime, Carla hopes to represent El Paso and the Sun Court and be part of the amazing tradition as well as inspiring other girls just like her. Carla has a great appreciation for the city of El Paso for making her the person she is today and would be honored to represent them in this way.

Jaylene Placencia – 2019 Sun Princess
Jaylene Placencia is the daughter of Raul Placencia and Melissa Cortez, and she is a Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School graduate. Jaylene is a sophomore at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Upon graduation Jaylene plans on pursuing a career in serving others in the medical field.

Jaylene has received several awards and recognition due to her academic success as a nursing student, receiving multiple scholarships. These scholarships include Mickey Solis “Nurses are Heroes” Scholarship, LULAC Council 8 Scholarship which gave her congressional recognition from Beto O’Rourke and finally the St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus Scholarship. She has also earned 2nd place in two competitions for Health Occupation Students of America in Clinical Nursing.

Jaylene spends her time volunteering for a local non-profit organization El Paso Pro-Musica where she helps in various operations including guest artist hospitality, concert promotion and front house during concerts. On top of that Jaylene takes pride in volunteering with her church where she serves as a lector, confirmation teacher and general volunteer at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Jaylene strongly believes that beauty and poise do not depend solely on looks but on hard work and dedication to their future. Being part of the Sun Court will allow her to represent the beautiful city of El Paso and the Sun Bowl Association, while bringing her message to young women in the community. Jaylene hopes to become a role model to students and members of the city.

Katlyn Crawford – 2019 Sun Princess
Katlyn Crawford is the daughter of Jeffery and Teresa Crawford. Katlyn is a graduate of Immanuel Christian School and is currently a Senior at the University of Texas at El Paso studying Nursing. Upon graduation from UTEP, Katlyn hopes to become an ER or ICU nurse.

Katlyn has shown great commitment to her nursing career since attending UTEP. She has spent time shadowing several nurses and physicians in the El Paso area. Because of her dedication to her academics, Katlyn was awarded the Nursing Program Summer Scholarship in 2018 and 2019. She has also previously served as an English tutor at El Paso Academy where she helped prepare students for both their classes and end of year exams. Additionally, Katlyn is a member of the Texas Student Nursing Association.

Katlyn is dedicated to the improvement of the El Paso community. She has logged over 300 volunteer hours, from completing screenings at the farmers market to helping with hygiene drives for the schools in El Paso. She has also volunteered with her church, helping build homes for underprivileged populations in El Paso.

Katlyn looks forward to the Sun Bowl every year. Going to the game has been a tradition for her family for several years. She is excited to represent the city of El Paso and help pave the way for future generations of girls in the Sun City.

Lauren Flores – 2019 Sun Princess
Lauren Flores is the daughter of Charles Lopez and Martha Luna-Lopez. She is a senior studying Kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso and a graduate of Chapin High School. Upon graduation she is planning on pursuing a career as a physical therapist.

Lauren has been part of many organizations on campus such as Health Occupations for Students in America (HOSA), Pre-Physical Therapy Association, Kinesiology club and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She is also a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity (ZTA), where she has served on both the Executive Committee as Panhellenic Delegate and the Judiciary Committee. As Panhellenic Delegate she serves as an ambassador for ZTA to the larger fraternity/sorority community.

Lauren is also heavily involved in volunteer work throughout El Paso, volunteering to help raise awareness about breast cancer and ovarian health via educational and recreational activities. She has also worked with the Hospitals of Providence, the El Paso Specialty Physicians Group and the Physical Fitness in the Golden Age fitness program.

Lauren has stated that the role of the Sun Court is to represent the city, its values and traditions. As a Sun Princess she wants to make sure that she does that, while also representing the strength of minorities, the dedication of a female leader and to embody the pride of the El Paso community.

Lindsey Myers – 2019 Sun Princess
Lindsey Myers, daughter of Russell and Norma Myers, is a junior at New Mexico State University studying Mechanical Engineering. She was born and raised in El Paso and is a graduate of Eastwood High School.

Lindsey began her college career at El Paso Community College, where she became a member of the UTEP Marching Miners. While at EPCC, Lindsey was inducted into the community college honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. With Phi Theta Kappa, Lindsey volunteered at many meeting and events including attending the Catalyst Convention last year. During this time, Lindsey worked as a Regional Leader for Cengage which allowed her to communicate, oversee, and travel with the company to better student’s college learning experience. She also had the opportunity to participate in a marketing campaign for Cengage learning in Boston.

While at New Mexico State University, she has had the chance to volunteer with the Women in STEM organization. She has volunteered at many events, such as the Girls Can Convention and the Space Fest, to help spark the excitement of the STEM field for women and younger generations.

As a proud El Pasoan, Lindsey has been representing her love for her hometown her whole life. She is very excited and honored to continue to represent the Sun City that she loves as a 2019- 20 Sun Princess.

Paige Dorsey – 2019 Sun Princess
Paige Dorsey is a junior majoring in Accounting and minoring in Finance at the University of Texas at El Paso. Paige is the daughter to David and Susie Dorsey and a graduate of Franklin High School.

Paige is a Miner Ambassador at UTEP, where she is a student leader who represents the University and helps out with a variety of events. Paige is also a member of the Accounting Society student organization. Her role in this organization is to spread awareness of business opportunities and accounting knowledge to all majors. Paige is also a piccolo player for the Symphonic Band at UTEP. Paige is also a tutor and teachers assistant in the accounting department of UTEP, aiding students and professors.

Paige also enjoys helping the El Paso community by volunteering for her alma mater, Franklin High School. She helps out with the band, graduation ceremonies, and aided in the coordination of prom.

Ever since Paige was a little girl, she looked up to the Sun Court and the women involved. Paige has so much pride for the city of El Paso, and stated that she cannot wait to share the diversity of people, friendliness, vibrancy, and the growth potential with all who visit as a member of the 2019- 20 Sun Court.

Mackenzie Cochran – 2019 Sun Princess
Mackenzie Cochran is the daughter of Dave Cochran and Elizabeth Acosta and a graduate of Coronado High School. Mackenzie is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in biology and minoring in economics.

Since attending UTEP, Mackenzie has been involved in several areas of the University. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority where she has previously served as the chapter’s Volunteer Chair. She will be serving as the Director of Membership Enrichment for the upcoming school year. Mackenzie was also elected by her peers to serve as a Senator-at-Large in UTEP’s Student Government Association. She will be working on projects throughout the year to improve the overall student experience and campus life at UTEP. Mackenzie is also working with Miner Athletics as a Student Assistant where she assists in video production and graphic design.

Much of Mackenzie’s volunteer experience is with the Sun Bowl Association. She has previously volunteered with the Sun Bowl soccer tournament and was a member of the CBS Host Committee.

Mackenzie is a proud El Pasoan and believes that the Sun Bowl Association embodies a lot of what the Sun City is all about. She is looking forward to showcasing El Paso’s unique culture and landscape through her role on the Sun Court.


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART FOUR) August 8, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART FOUR)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series began Friday, July 19 and continues today with Sun Bowl Association Executive Assistant Amber Herrera speaking about her memories of the longstanding bowl game and her thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART THREE) July 31, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART THREE)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series began Friday, July 19 and continues today with host of ‘Sports Talk’ on KROD AM 600, Steve Kaplowitz, speaking about his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, Aug. 2 – Steve Kaplowitz (AM 600 KROD – Sports Talk Radio Host)
Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART TWO) July 26, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART TWO)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series began Friday, July 19 and continues today with Sun Bowl Association Marketing Director Jay Pritchard speaking about his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, July 26 – Jay Pritchard (Sun Bowl Marketing Director)
Friday, Aug. 2 – Steve Kaplowitz (AM 600 KROD – Sports Talk Radio Host)
Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART ONE) July 18, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES (PART ONE)

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series begins Friday, July 19 with Duke Keith speaking about his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

7-on-7 Series
Friday, July 19 – Duke Keith (radio host, Sun Bowl internal PA and Locomotives TV play-by-play)
Friday, July 26 – Jay Pritchard (Sun Bowl Marketing Director)
Friday, Aug. 2 – Steve Kaplowitz (AM 600 KROD – Sports Talk Radio Host)
Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)


7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES July 16, 2019

7-ON-7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE SUN BOWL VIDEO SERIES

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series is set to begin on Friday, July 19 with Duke Keith speaking about his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

“We wanted to start creating excitement as the 2019 college football season is quickly approaching,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We hope fans and followers enjoy this series and we anticipate everyone showing up to the 86th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.”

7-on-7 Series
Friday, July 19 – Duke Keith (radio host, Sun Bowl internal PA and Locomotives TV play-by-play)
Friday, July 26 – Jay Pritchard (Sun Bowl Marketing Director)
Friday, Aug. 2 – Steve Kaplowitz (AM 600 KROD – Sports Talk Radio Host)
Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).


TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 58TH ANNUAL WESTSTAR BANK DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL June 26, 2019

TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 58TH ANNUAL WESTSTAR BANK  DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the teams coming to El Paso for the 58th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, which will be held, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16-17, in the Don Haskins Center.

The tournament brings in teams that posted 31, 22 and 19 wins, which includes two top-100 teams per RPI. Joining the UTEP Miners in the Don Haskins Center this year will be UC Irvine, Kent State and North Carolina A&T.

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

UC Irvine returns to the Sun Bowl Invitational for the third time after winning the tournament in 2015. The Anteaters have won four conference titles in the last six years, including a Big West Conference championship in 2018-19 to help finish with a final RPI of 61. UC Irvine reached the NCAA Tournament last year and picked up a big win over No. 4 Seed and Big 12 Champion Kansas State to reach round of 32.

Kent State, which is led by head coach Rob Senderoff, who is the all-time winningest coach at Kent State, will also make its third appearance in the Sun Bowl Invitational. The Golden Flashes won the tournament in 1999 and fell by three points to UTEP in the title game in 2014. Kent State finished the 2018-19 season with a 22-11 record and made it to postseason play for the 17th time in 21 years.

North Carolina A&T is making its first appearance in the Sun Bowl Invitational and is led by Coach Jay Joyner, who completed his third season at the helm. The Aggies finished 13-3 in MEAC play last season, finishing the season undefeated at home in conference play for the second straight year.

‘This year’s tournament should be one of our most competitive with three visiting teams having won at least 19 games last year, and it’s also great having an NCAA tournament team who won 31 games,” said Tournament Director Barry Kobren. “Everyone is anticipating a vastly improved UTEP team with their infusion of new talent.”

The UTEP Miners are led by head coach Rodney Terry, who enters his second season as the team leader. The Miners return sophomore Efe Odigie, who averaged 12.7 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per contest while being named to the 2018-19 All-Conference USA Freshman team. He is the first UTEP player to finish the season averaging a double-double since Terry White accomplished the feat (10.1 ppg/10.2 rpg) in 1981-82. Odigie is one of nine Miners to average a double-double in a single season. In total, the Miners will return four scholarship players from last season and have two incoming freshmen players. There are also two sophomores, who sat out last season due to transfer rules. There are five juniors on the team for the 2019-20 season.

For more information on the 2019 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational please go to www.sunbowl.org.

UC Irvine Anteaters
• Big West Conference Champions (Four Conference Titles in last six years)
• 31-6 overall record and 15-1 in conference play
• #61 in Final RPI
• The ’Eaters set a slew of school records in 2018-19 including the most wins (31) and longest winning streak (17 games) in program history
UCI is ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense
• The team ranks ninth in rebound margin (+7.0)
• Led by Coach Russell Turner who was named Conference Coach of the Year for the third time

Kent State Golden Flashes
• 22-11 overall record and 11-7 in MAC Conference play (Most wins since 2009-10 season)
• 17th Postseason in 21 Years (CIT Tournament)
• Third Appearance in Sun Bowl
• No. 90 in Final RPI
• Head coach Rob Senderoff has led the team to postseason in all eight of his seasons as head coach including NCAA tournament in 2017

North Carolina A&T Aggies
• 19-13 overall and 13-3 in MEAC Conference play (2nd Place)
• The Aggies 13 conference wins are the most they have had since going 16-0 during the 1987-88 MEAC regular-season
• The Aggies improved 17 games from the 2016-17 season to the 2017-18 season coming one game shy of tying UTEP’s 18-game improvement in 2003-04

UTEP Miners
• 8-21 overall record and 3-15 in Conference USA play after the 2018-19 season
• Returning C-USA All-Freshman team member Efe Odigie
• Added two new assistant coaches in Kenton Paulino and Arturo Ormond
• Miners have won 31 Sun Bowl Invitational tournaments


MEET THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION STAFF June 12, 2019

MEET THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION STAFF

FBA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 BOWL SCHEDULE May 30, 2019

FBA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 BOWL SCHEDULE

Herewith is the 2019-20 FBA bowl schedule. It includes 41 total games, beginning on Friday, December 20 and concluding with the sixth College Football Playoff National Championship Game, to be contested Monday, January 13 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Thirty-six games will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks [ESPN, ESPN2, ABC]. The longest-running bowl/TV partner relationship is the Hyundai Sun Bowl, being carried on CBS for the 52nd consecutive year. FOX will carry two games, as will CBS Sports Network.

DATEBOWLTEAMSLOCATIONTIME [ET] – TV
Friday, Dec. 20
Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlMAC/C-USA – Nassau, Bahamas – 2:00 pm – ESPN

Frisco BowlAAC/At-Large – Frisco, TX – 7:30 pm – ESPN2

Saturday, Dec. 21
Celebration BowlMEAC/SWAC – Atlanta, GA – 12 pm – ABC

New Mexico Bowl – MW/C-USA – Albuquerque, NM – 2 pm – ESPN

Cure BowlAAC/Sun Belt – Orlando, FL – 2:30 pm – CBSSN

Cheribundi Boca Raton BowlAAC/C-USA/MAC – Boca Raton, FL – 3:30 pm – ABC

Camellia BowlMAC/Sun Belt Montgomery, AL – 5:30 pm – ESPN

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl – MW/Pac-12 – Las Vegas, NV – 7:30 pm – ABC

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Sun Belt/C-USA – New Orleans, LA – 9:00 pm – ESPN

Monday, Dec. 23
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlAAC/C-USA – Tampa, FL – 2:30 pm – ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 24
SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU/MW or AAC – Honolulu, HI – 8:00 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 26
Walk-On’s Independence BowlSEC/ACC – Shreveport, LA – 4:00 pm – ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl – Big Ten/ACC – Detroit, MI – 8:00 pm – ESPN

Friday, Dec. 27
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop GrummanACC/AAC – Annapolis, MD – 12 pm – ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Big Ten/ACC – Bronx, NY – 3:20 pm – ESPN

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Big 12/SEC – Houston, TX – 6:45 pm – ESPN

SDCCU Holiday Bowl – Pac-12/Big Ten – San Diego, CA – 8:00 pm – FS1

Cheez-It Bowl – Big 12/Pac-12 – Phoenix, AZ – 10:15 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 28
Camping World BowlACC/Big 12 – Orlando, FL – 12 pm – ABC

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – New Year’s Six – Arlington, TX – 12 pm – ESPN

Chick-fil-A Peach BowlCFP Semifinal – Atlanta, GA – 4 or 8 pm – ESPN

PlayStation Fiesta BowlCFP Semifinal – Glendale, AZ – 4 or 8 pm – ESPN

Monday, Dec. 30
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl – Big 12/C-USA – Dallas, TX – 12:30 pm – ESPN

Redbox Bowl – Pac-12/Big Ten – Santa Clara, CA – 4:00 pm – FOX

Franklin American Music City BowlSEC/ACC or Big Ten – Nashville, TN – 4:00 pm – ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl – New Year’s Six – Miami Gardens, FL – 8:00 pm – ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 31
Belk BowlACC/SEC – Charlotte, NC – 12 pm – ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl – Pac-12/ACC – El Paso, TX – 2:00 p.m. – CBS

AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Big 12/SEC – Memphis, TN – 3:45 pm – ESPN

Arizona Bowl – MW/Sun Belt – Tucson, AZ – 4:30 pm – CBSSN

Valero Alamo Bowl – Big 12/Pac-12 – San Antonio, TX – 7:30 pm – ESPN

Wednesday, Jan. 1
Citrus BowlSEC/Big Ten or ACC – Orlando, FL – 1:00 pm – ABC

Outback Bowl – Big Ten/SEC – Tampa, FL – 1:00 pm – ESPN

Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual – Big Ten/Pac-12 – Pasadena, CA – 5:00 pm – ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl – Big 12/SEC – New Orleans, LA – 8:45 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Jan. 2
Birmingham BowlSEC/AAC – Birmingham, AL – 3:00 pm – ESPN

Tax Slayer Gator BowlSEC/ACC/Big Ten – Jacksonville, FL – 7:00 pm – ESPN

Friday, Jan. 3
Famous Idaho Potato BowlMAC/MW – Boise, ID – 3:30 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Jan. 4
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – MW/Big 10 – Dallas, TX – 11:30 am – ESPN

Monday, Jan. 6
Mobile AL Bowl – Sun Belt/MAC – Mobile, AL – 7:30 pm ESPN

Monday, Jan. 13
CFP National Championship – New Orleans, LA – 8:00 pm – ESPN


STUART SLIVA TAKES OVER AS SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION BOARD PRESIDENT May 1, 2019

STUART SLIVA TAKES OVER AS SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION BOARD PRESIDENT

EL PASO, Texas – Stuart Sliva took over as Sun Bowl Association Board President on May 1 and is set to hold the position until April of 2020.

Sliva has had a successful career in the automotive industry for over 25 years and is currently an executive representing the Ford brand with Fortune 200 company, Group 1 Automotive. Sliva is a recipient of four straight Group 1 Chairman Awards, an eight-time President’s Award winner with Ford Motor Company.

“I look forward to working together with Stuart Sliva at the helm of the Board of Directors and we expect that he will do a great job in keeping the Sun Bowl Association one of the top and long-standing organizations in El Paso,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association.

In his new role as President, Sliva is dedicated to the continued success of the Sun Bowl Association events such as the Sun Bowl Marathon All-American Golf Classic, Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, and the 86th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, scheduled on December 31, 2019.

Stuart’s priority is to preserve the legacy of the Sun Bowl Association and to continue the longstanding El Paso traditions many generations of families can enjoy.

“What a distinguished honor it is to have the opportunity to lead one of the most respected and long-standing organizations in El Paso, with 86 years of existence,” Sliva said. “We have such a great group of community leaders guiding the way for the future of the Sun Bowl Association. This is a very exciting time to be a part of the Sun Bowl. I am very confident that this is going to be a great year of growth and success for our association.”

Prior to taking on the role as Sun Bowl Association President, Stuart has served on the Board of Directors/Advisory since 1999, starting with co-chairing the Sun Bowl Rotarian Team Luncheon.

In addition to serving on the board with the Sun Bowl Association, Stuart served as a Trustee/President at St. Clements Church/School, a Rotarian, and former Board of Trustee for Schreiner University.

Stuart Sliva is married to Jennifer Lowenfield Sliva and together they have four children, Mason, Morgan, Cole, and Sophie.

The Board of Directors added two new members in Michelle Hays of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare and Rebekah Wierson of Harrison French & Associates. All board members are listed below.

Board of Directors – 2019-20 Name Business/Company
Chair Emeritus Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Retired
President Stuart Sliva Group 1 Automotive
President-Elect Natalia Flores FirstLight Federal Credit Union
Executive Vice-President Robert Dunlop Schneider Electric
Immediate Past President Scott Mann Kemp Smith Law Firm
Secretary Tammy Gladkowski WestStar Bank
Treasurer John Aranda UTEP – Institutional Advancement
VP Community Relations Brooke Underwood Destination El Paso
VP Marketing Richard Dayoub Thunderbird Management Consulting
VP Legal Affairs Scott Mann Kemp Smith Law Firm
VP Public Relations Wayne Thornton El Paso Parks & Recreation
VP Volunteers Michael Guerra Guerra Investment Advisors
Chairman Basketball Barry Kobren Sanders Partners
Chairman CBS Host Asher Feinberg Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC
Chairman Coronation Linda Smith St. Mark’s School
Chairman Football John Folmer RJL Real Estate
Chairman Golf Mark Pelletier El Paso Country Club
Chairman Parade Jim Lawrence Quality Property Management
Chairman Special Events Art Munoz Independent Contractor
Chairman Provisions Allen Rystad Splash and Dash
Member Amen Ayoub Radisson Suites
Member Bill Coon YMCA
Member Michelle Kaip Elevation Hotel Management
Member Victor Salazar GCC Sun City Materials, LLC
Member Michelle Hays Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
Member Rebekah Wierson HFA (Harrison French & Associates)
Member Travis Hughes Hughes Financial Group
Member Richard Limas Academy Sports + Outdoors
Member Tony Valtier Texas Workforce Commission

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2019-20 SUN COURT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN February 26, 2019

2019-20 SUN COURT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Sun Court. Young women from the El Paso area will have the opportunity to represent the city and be community ambassadors during events such as the Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving morning and the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game on Dec. 31, 2019.

“We found out that by getting the application out earlier, it allowed those interested in applying to look at their schedules so that they can be a part of all the events we have,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This is a wonderful tradition for the Sun Bowl and for El Paso. History has shown that we have some of the best women in the community to represent the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso.”

The Sun Court is a tradition that dates back to 1935 and is an important part of the history of the Sun Bowl. Selection is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso. Contestants must also be a female between the ages of 18-22 (as of Sept. 1), not be married or have children, and be enrolled as a full-time student.

Applications are available online at sunbowl.org and can be emailed to Amber Herrera at aherrera@sunbowl.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 7, 2019 by 3 p.m. (MT).

For questions, please contact the Sun Bowl Association Office at (915) 533-4416.

Eligibility and Rules:
All Sun Princess applicants must fit criteria in order to be eligible.

• A female between the ages of 18-22 (as of Sept. 1) and have completed one year of college
• Have not been married and have not had any children
• Must be enrolled as a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 academic hours or full time in a graduate program
• A cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (Transcript must be included with application)
• Sun Princesses may not hold any other title during the time they are members of the Sun Court (i.e. Miss El Paso, Miss Texas, etc…)
• Responsible for their own transportation costs to attend mandatory events


Application/Submission Process: Official application, an official transcript, a professional resume, a color head shot no larger than 5×7, and an essay (500 words or less) telling us about yourself; include school activities and awards, community involvement, employment and why you want to be a Sun Princess.

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