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Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Sun Bowl Association Set to Host Soccer Tournament June 4, 2015

Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Sun Bowl Association Set to Host Soccer Tournament

Youth soccer teams from across the region will descend upon El Paso this weekend for the 16th Annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament. Over 130 teams will convene at the Westside Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, for the three-day tournament.

“Soccer is an important part of our El Paso culture,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “We are pleased to be able to continue growing this event for the development of the sport in this region. The Sun Bowl Association is fortunate to have the support of our sponsor. Academy Sports + Outdoors shares our passion for this community and values the importance of athletics in our youth.”

Games will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday in the 23-field Westside Sports Complex.

Academy Sports + Outdoors, with two locations in the city, is in the seventh year of sponsoring the international affair that is open to all U6 to U19 boys and girls teams in the region. The competition ranges from recreational to very competitive in every age group.

The Sun Bowl Association and Academy Sports + Outdoors are joined by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, the El Paso Youth Soccer Association and Fort Bliss to bring the highest level of competition to the children of El Paso.


82nd Edition of Hyundai Sun Bowl Game Set for Dec. 26 May 21, 2015

82nd Edition of Hyundai Sun Bowl Game  Set for Dec. 26

The Sun Bowl Association has announced that the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at 12 p.m. MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The 2015 game will mark the 82nd edition of the Sun Bowl game and the 48th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 conferences.

“We are looking forward to a memorable game between teams from the Pac-12 Conference and the ACC,” said Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Association Executive Director. “The Hyundai Sun Bowl is the only bowl that matches these two conferences and over the last five years, they have provided us with some quality teams and thrilling games.”

This year’s game will mark the fourth time the game is played on December 26. The last time the game was played on that date was 1981, prior games included the 1975 and 1964 matchups. The 1975 game provided the bowl game’s first ever sellout and a first in NCAA history as three players rushed for over 100 yards each in the same game. Another historic record happened in 1964 as it was the first time the Sun Bowl game was televised nationally. NBC showcased Georgia’s (SEC) 7-0 win over Texas Tech (Southwest Conference.)

“Having a Saturday game will also be a fantastic way to finish the Christmas weekend, and will give our national CBS audience a great time slot to view our game and El Paso,” Olivas added. “Duke and Arizona State combined for 792 yards of offense during the 2014 game providing an entertaining matchup for football fans across the nation. That’s the kind of exciting football we are looking forward to this year.”

Tickets for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl are $22, $32, $47, $57 and $62 and will go on sale at a later date.

Marilyn Munden Tabbed 2015 Sun Bowl Association President May 20, 2015

Marilyn Munden Tabbed 2015 Sun Bowl Association President

The Sun Bowl Association has elected Marilyn Munden as President for the 2015-16 year.

Munden, along with the 2015 Board of Directors and Advisors, were officially introduced May 14 at the Abraham Chavez Theater in Downtown El Paso.

A native of Portland, Ore., Marilyn Munden arrived in El Paso in 1985. Since her arrival in the Sun City, Munden has worked arduously with organizations to benefit our community. In 2003, Munden joined the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors volunteering with all facets of the organization’s events. A vital member of the board, Munden was voted in as president of the Sun Bowl Association for 2015.

Munden began her work as member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House in 1991, where she served for 15 years in numerous capacities including president. She has headed various organizations acting as president for the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the St. Francis Montessori Christian School, and the Visiting Nurses Association. Munden has also held executive positions with the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, the Insights Museum, and the American Heart Association. She co-chaired the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Gala from 2005 to 2008.

In 1996 she began her work with the University of Texas at El Paso working with the UTEP Athletics Special Events Board, the Touchdown Club and the UTEP Alumni Board fundraising for academic and athletic scholarships.
Munden has received numerous awards for her community work. A member of Alpha Phi Sorority, she was named the First Lady of El Paso in 2003 by the City Council of Beta Sigma Phi. She received the ‘Molly Pitcher’ Award from the U.S. Army 2-29 Battalion at Fort Bliss and in 2011 was selected by the Texas Commission for Women as an outstanding leader in the community.

She is also a member of the P.E.O. Chapter DR in 2013, a philanthropic women’s organization in El Paso.
At the Sun Bowl Association, Munden has been an integral member of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, and the Academy Sports + Outdoors International Soccer Tournament. She has also served in supportive roles for the Sun Court, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, the Price’s Give ‘Em Five NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, and the Fan Fiesta, amongst other events.
Currently a business development official with the El Paso Venture Group, Munden has held various positions with the company since 2002.

Munden and her husband Ron have been married for 54 years and have four children and 12 grandchildren.

Joining the 82nd president of the association on the board of directors are Steve Beltran (President Elect), Bill Coon (Executive Vice President), Barry Kobren (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Natalia Flores (Secretary), Ric Siefkas (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Stuart Sliva (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), John Aranda (VP Volunteers), Linda Smith (Coronation), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (Special Events Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Allen Rystad (Provisions), Larry Duncan, Robert Dunlop, Michael Guerra, Mary Kipp, Andre Miranda, Victor Rueda, James O. Stewart III, Ernest Eisenberg, Tamara Gladkowski, Travis Hughes and Alice Chavez.

The 2015 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of Amen Ayoub, Frank Bates, Ruben Batista, Bill Blaziek, Walker Crowson, Edward Davis, Richard Dayoub, Celia Dubrule, Linda East, Veronica Escobar, David Forti, Michelle Kaip, Brian Kennedy, Monica Lombraña, Tommy Lewis, David Lindhuber, Charles Lopez, Jr., David Morales, Major General (USA Ret.) John Oblinger, Jean Offutt, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jimmy Rogers III, Mike Rogers, Mike Rosales, Victor Salazar, Jeff Stevens, Bob Stull, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Brooke Underwood, Pat Valdez-Rios, Joe Valenzuela, Charles Vass and Mario Vega.

FBA Celebrates Post Season Football April 17, 2015

FBA Celebrates Post Season Football

The annual meeting of the Football Bowl Association (FBA) celebrated a record-setting year of payouts, honored an individual for his career-long contribution to post-season football, and brought together representatives of the 39 college football bowl games. Attendees included conference and television partners, sponsors, and vendors.

The meeting was held April 13-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., and was hosted by the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The gathering looked back on another successful year of post-season college football.

The NCAA announced that the 2014-15 slate of bowl games paid out a total of $505.9 million, the first time the $500 million mark has been surpassed.

The bowl games also honored Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive with the annual Champions Award.

“The Football Bowl Association was honored to recognize Commissioner Slive,” said Wright Waters, executive director of the FBA. “Not only has he been a huge supporter of the bowl system, he always kept the welfare of the student-athlete his highest priority.”

The Champions Award is bestowed upon an individual who has provided distinguished service to college football with an emphasis on being a contributor to post-season football bowl games. Past Champions Award winners include Roy Kramer, SEC; Tom Hansen, Pac-12; LaVell Edwards, BYU; Bobby Bowden, Florida State; Grant Teaff, Baylor/American Football Coaches Association; Dennis Pope, NCAA; and Lee Corso, Indiana/ESPN.

Along with a trade show, the annual FBA meetings featured guest speakers, seminars, panels, and a sharing of best practices. Subjects included, but were not limited to, ticket sales, sponsorships, social media, public relations, operations, hospitality, and marketing. There were also discussions about improving the student-athlete experience and the economic impact of the host bowl communities.

The FBA also announced its slate of officers for 2015-16:

Chair - Bruce Binkowski (San Diego Bowl Game Association)
Vice-Chair - Bernie Olivas (Hyundai Sun Bowl)
Treasurer - Kevin McDonald (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)
Secretary - William B. Flinn (Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual)

The Football Bowl Association is a non-profit organization established to help build upon the traditions of the bowl games and bring to light the many benefits of the games. The FBA embraces the games and honors the bowl experience for present and future generations. For more information about the Football Bowl Association, visit

26 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in The Masters April 9, 2015

26 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in The Masters

The road to The Masters ran through the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic for 26 of the 97 of this year’s participants of the 81-year old tournament.

The latest All-American alum making his debut at The Masters is Corey Conners, a two-time All-American Classic participant from Kent State (2012, 2013). The list also includes Mark O’Meara who participated in the first edition of the All-America Classic in 1976 for Long Beach State.

Of this year’s alumni participants, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and O’Meara are the only alumni who have worn the green jacket. Woods is the only to have multiple crowns with wins in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005.

Other notable alumni competing at historic Augusta National Golf Club this week includes Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson.

Complete list:
1. Jonas Blixt – FSU 07
2. Paul Casey – ASU 98
3. Erik Compton – Georgia 00
4. Corey Conners – Kent State 12, 13
5. Jason Dufner – Auburn 97
6. Matt Every – Florida 03, 05
7. Rickie Fowler – Oklahoma State 08
8. Jim Furyk – Arizona 90
9. Bill Haas – Wake Forest 01
10. Russell Henley – Georgia 08, 09, 10
11. Morgan Hoffman – Oklahoma State 09
12. J.B. Holmes – Kentucky 02
13. Billy Horschel – Florida 06, 07, 08
14. Dustin Johnson– Coastal Carolina 05, 06

15. Chris Kirk – Georgia 05, 06
16. Matt Kuchar – Georgia Tech 99
17. Graeme McDowell – UAB 01
18. Phil Mickelson – ASU 89
19. Ryan Moore – UNLV 02, 03
20. Mark O’Meara – Long Beach State 76
21. Webb Simpson – Wake Forest 05, 07
22. Brandt Snedeker – Vanderbilt 02
23. Jordan Spieth – Texas – 11
24. Brendon Todd – Georgia 04, 06
25. Cameron Tringale – Georgia Tech 06, 07
26. Tiger Woods – Stanford 95