EL PASO, Texas – The 80th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade will feature El Pasoan and Flight Operations Directorate Division Chief for the Flight Integration Division at Johnson Space Center Ginger Kerrick as the Grand Marshal on Thanksgiving Day.
Kerrick has worked at NASA for 25 years, including four years as the first non-astronaut Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) and 8 years as a Flight Director in charge of Mission Control for numerous International Space Station (ISS) and Shuttle missions.
“We are honored and truly thankful to have a person in such high standing with NASA come back to her hometown to be the Grand Marshal for the 80 annual parade,” said Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. "Ms. Kerrick is the epitome of hard work and we are so grateful that she would place time aside to come and celebrate a longstanding tradition here in El Paso.”
With the theme “80 Years Around the World” it seems fitting that someone who has broken many barriers and milestones would be the Grand Marshal for the 80th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, which is set for Thursday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.
The 46-year-old Kerrick was born and raised in El Paso and is a graduate of Hanks High School before moving on to Lubbock, Texas where she attended Texas Tech University to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics.
“Growing up in El Paso, I watched the Sun Bowl Parade every Thanksgiving Day," said Kerrick. "To have the honor of being Grand Marshal, and travelling a route that is less than a quarter of a mile from Price’s Creameries where my father spent his entire career – I am overwhelmed with humility and gratitude. Thank you so much, El Paso!”
After graduating from Texas Tech, Kerrick took on her first task with NASA when she was hired for a summer internship in 1991. She was working with the safety department in a calibration and materials testing laboratory. She joined NASA full-time as a materials research engineer in 1994 and after a year on the job, she was told that she met the requirements to apply to become an astronaut.
Kerrick did apply to become an astronaut but was denied the opportunity because of a medical disqualification—kidney stones. She was working with the Mission Operations Directorate as an instructor for the environmental control and life support system of the International Space Station when she received the news of being selected for an interview and the news of the disqualification.
After fighting through the disappointment of being disqualified she decided to move forward with her career and understood that she could still make a great impact as an instructor. Kerrick continued to move up as she worked with the Russian training program as an integration instructor and was working with Johnson Space Center, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and the Russian space program. Making many visits to Russia, Kerrick eventually learned the language fluently.
Kerrick made history in 2001 when she became the first non-astronaut capsule communicator, which is the Flight Control position that relays information from Mission Control to the crew. She became a dual-certified flight director in 2005, supporting both the International Space Station and shuttle missions, which made her the first female Hispanic flight director in NASA history.
“I am in awe of what this woman has done with the opportunities she has been given,” Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “El Paso should be proud to have the first ever Hispanic female flight director. Ginger [Kerrick] is very proud of her hometown and it’s an amazing honor to have her back to be the Grand Marshal. She made history and is a great fit for the parade’s theme: 80 Years Around the World.”
Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016
Parade Theme: “80 Years Around the World”
Step-off Time: 10:00 a.m. (MST)
Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)
Anticipated Units: 100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, royalty, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican/Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.
Television: Live coverage of the parade will be broadcast on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC).
Anticipated Crowd: More than 250,000 spectators lined Montana last year to witness the parade. Approximately the same amount of people are expected for this year’s parade.
EL PASO, Texas – The 2016 Ryder Cup teams are set and feature a total of 10 Pro Golf Association (PGA) players that have participated in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in the past. The 10 PGA members are on the teams as either captains, vice-captains or players.
Leading the United States team is All-America Classic alum Davis Love III, who is the team captain. Love III played and won in El Paso during the 1984 tournament. He also played in the 1983 Classic.
“It’s always great to see players that have come and played in El Paso compete in these big tournaments,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “I remember seeing players like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler walking the course at the El Paso Country Club as little known collegians.”
The 41st Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota and team USA has a well-known field that includes Jim Furyk, J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler and Brandt Snedeker, all of whom are alumni to the All-America Classic. Joining the former All-America Classic participants on team USA are Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reid and Jimmy Walker.
Team Europe, which has won eight of the last 10 and six of the last seven Ryder Cups, including the last three in a row, also has an alum from the College All-America Classic. Thomas Pieters, a 2012 player in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, joins newly crowned FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. They are teamed up with Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, plus six rookies in Masters Champion Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, and Chris Wood.
Play begins Friday morning.
Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni in Ryder Cup
Name (School Played For) Year Played in SBWRCAAGC Score at CAAGC Finish
Jim Furyk (Arizona) 1990 72-73-73—218 T16
Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech) 1999 69-67-72—208 1
Davis Love III (North Carolina) 1983 77-75-69—221 T17
1984 70-72-70—212 1
Phil Mickelson (Arizona State) 1989 W/D 24
Tiger Woods (Stanford) 1995 68-71-72—211 1
Jordan Spieth(Texas) 2011 71-72-75—218 T15
Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State) 2008 72-72-72—216 T16
Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt) 2002 74-70-71—215 5
J.B. Holmes (Kentucky) 2002 75-67-76—218 T8
Thomas Pieters (Illinois) 2012 70-67-65—202 4
Captain: Davis Love III
Vice-Captains: Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Players: Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker
Captain: Darren Clarke
Vice-Captains: Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Ian Poulter, Sam Torrance
Players: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Henrick Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Chris Wood
The 42nd edition of the All-America Classic is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2016 at the El Paso Country Club with 15 All-Americans already committed to participating.
EL PASO, Texas – Tickets for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon. The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12.
Fans have already been renewing their ticket plans and making new ticket purchases with the many options available.
“It seems like with the date of the game moving to Friday, December 30 the fans are excited to get back to their traditions,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “With last year’s game the day after Christmas, it was hard for people to get here. But with the game on Friday, December 30 this year, we are seeing more fans buying early and anticipate more fans in attendance.”
Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.
The Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticketmaster and fans can buy tickets by going to their website at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling the Ticketmaster toll free line at 800-745-3000 or by using the Ticketmaster apps, which are available for both Android and iPhone users. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will have additional handling and convenience fees attached to the price.
Ticket prices start at just $22 in the end zone as well as in the upper corners of the stadium. The other options are priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62. A map and layout of the Sun Bowl Stadium with ticket prices is available online at www.sunbowl.org. Tickets may be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.
Fans may want to purchase of one of two ticket programs to help others attend the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl: the “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”
With the “Salute a Soldier Program” fans and companies have the chance to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory that will last a lifetime. As a sponsor you will give a soldier the opportunity to attend the game while your company will not only benefit out of goodwill, but will also be given recognition at the game.
If a fan or company would prefer to take part in the “Take a Child to the Game Program” that person or company gives a child the opportunity to attend the game, which would make for a great Christmas gift as the game falls only a five days after the holiday. Anyone who takes part in this program will not only benefit out of goodwill but will also be given recognition at the game. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience that will last a lifetime. The Sun Bowl Association can provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a personal favorite you are connected to in the community.
Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing office for details on the two programs.
In last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl fans saw Washington State defeat Miami 20-14.
Outlets to choose from:
Sun Bowl Association
Office Number: 915-533-4416
Toll Free Number: 800-745-3000
UTEP Ticket Office
Phone Number: 915-747-5234
Pan American Center Box Office
Phone Number: 575-646-1420
Listing of local and regional retailers to purchase tickets:
UTEP Ticket Center
In front of the Don Haskins Center
2901 N Mesa (12)
M-F 8-6, Sat 8-4
UTEP Miner Store
1455 N Zaragosa Ste A-500 (36)
Tues – Sat 12-6
El Paso County Coliseum
Pan American Center Box Office on the campus of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining announced today the dates for the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13 at the El Paso Country Club.
Invitations to the 42nd edition of the All-America Classic include 2016 PING All-America first team, second team, third team and honorable mention selections. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1974.
“This tournament has become a pillar here in El Paso and in the golf community,” said Tournament Chairman Gary Hanson. “The rich history of this tournament is a testament to the quality of our alumni that seem to win a PGA Tour event every week, and we are excited about the potential participants for this year’s tournament. It will be another exciting conclusion to the fall college schedule.”
Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.
To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year as well the US Amateur Champion or Runner Up who still have collegiate eligibility. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday (Nov. 11)
• 9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
• 10 a.m. PING Putting Contest
Saturday (Nov. 12)
• 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds
Sunday (Nov. 13)
• 8 a.m. Final Round
Lee Trevino Trophy presentation to the winner immediately following final round.
• First Team
Beau Hossler (Texas)
Maverick McNealy (Stanford)
Sam Horsfield (Florida)
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)
Robby Shelton (Alabama)
Aaron Wise (Oregon)
• Second Team
Doug Ghim (Texas)
Gavin Hall (Texas)
Rico Hoey (USC)
KK Limbhasut (California)
Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State)
• Third Team
Derick Bard (Virginia)
Will Gordon (Vanderbilt)
Tyler McDaniel (Kentucky)
Max McGreevy (Oklahoma)
Collin Morikawa (California)
Greyson Sigg (Georgia)
Kristoffer Ventura (Oklahoma State)
• Honorable Mention
Sam Burns (LSU)
Chelso Barrett (TCU)
Jared duToit (Arizona State)
Luis Gagne (LSU)
Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt)
Dillion Myer (Illinois)
Gordon Neale (Florida)
Stratton Nolen (Oklahoma State)
John Oda (UNLV)
Jeremy Paul (Colorado)
Corey Pereira (Washington)
William Rainey (Charleston)
Davis Riley (Alabama)
Justin Suh (USC)
Lars van Meijel (Memphis)
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest)
Michael Perras (Houston)
Charles Kim (Arkansas)
Franklin Huang (Stanford)
Ryan Cole James (James Madison)
• Division II
John Coultas (Florida Southern)
• US Amateur Runner-up
Brad Dalke (Oklahoma)
Editor’s Note: *another release will be sent out when the tournament field is finalized.
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the YMCA of El Paso is giving football fans around the country another chance to win a $1,500 Sun Bowl Game Package for the Hyundai Sun Bowl by participating in the YMCA of El Paso Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge.
The contest starts this week as the 2016 college football season opens up. Each week contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Pac-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates. The first set of games for contestants to predict are set for Friday, Sept. 2.
“The YMCA has always enjoyed being a part of the events that the Sun Bowl Association puts on,” said Bill Coon, CEO/President of the El Paso YMCA. “The community has been very generous to us and other organizations such as ours, so we are more than happy to partner with the Sun Bowl Association to do this.”
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 have had a great time with this promotion the last few years,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting experience so we decided to team up with the YMCA of El Paso to do this again. We would like to thank everyone who participates and makes this such a great promotion.”
The 13 weekly winners will win two 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets along with one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso. 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 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass and one year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.