Businesses and organizations can begin collecting clothing items on Monday, Sept. 16; the clothing drive will run through Monday, Nov. 4. The organization that collects the highest poundage of clothing will be awarded a pre?built float, valued at $10,000, advertising their name, they will also have the opportunity to have one company vehicle in the parade and will be allowed to have participants walk alongside the float.
“We invite everyone to come out El Paso strong and join us in this year’s First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Clothing Drive,” says Mark Huerta, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Goodwill Industries of El Paso. “First Light Federal Credit Union, the Sun Bowl Association and the YMCA have joined Goodwill and we are extremely proud to be a part of an overwhelming community commitment to support the five benefiting organizations. These organizations include the Armed Services YMCA, American Red Cross, Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home, La Casa and Project BRAVO. This year, we hope to collect 50,000 pounds of clothing to truly help our community”
Organizations that raise over 2,500 pounds of clothing will also have a chance to also participate in the parade with up to 10 individuals marching and carrying their respective company banner.
The clothing collected will provide jobs and much needed assistance to those families that are facing challenging economic times. The benefitting organizations for this year’s clothing drive are the American Red Cross, the Armed Services YMCA, La Casa, Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home and Project BRAVO.
“We are delighted to continue this initiative with FirstLight Federal Credit Union, Goodwill of El Paso and the YMCA,” said Walker Crowson, President of the Sun Bowl Association. “The Sun Bowl Association is committed to enhancing the communities we live in and this is a wonderful way for all of us to give back as individuals and organizations.”
Over 37,000 pounds were collected during last year’s clothing drive, Harvest Christian Center was the winner of last year’s parade float.
For more information on the clothing drive or challenge please contact Ruby Trejo at 915-778-1858 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the field for the 2013 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. Western Illinois, Denver and Alcorn State will join UTEP for the 52nd edition of the invitational scheduled for Dec. 28-29, 2013 at the Don Haskins Center.
“We’re looking forward to another exciting tournament this year,” said Larry Patton, President and CEO of WestStar Bank. “As title sponsor, we are extremely proud to work with the Sun Bowl Association and to be a part of the success and positive impact the tournament has had over the years.”
Denver and Alcorn State will open the weekend with a 5 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Dec. 28, to be followed by UTEP vs. Western Illinois at 7 p.m. Western Illinois and Alcorn will meet on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. to be followed by UTEP and Denver at 7 p.m.
Western Illinois and Denver are coming off 22-win seasons that led them to regular season conference championships. In addition, Denver advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament while Western Illinois participated in the College Basketball Invitational.
Both programs are led by 2013 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year finalists Joe Scott (Denver) and Jim Molinari (Western Illinois).
“The Sun Bowl Invitational has been a vital part of the holiday fabric here for many years,” said UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd. “We’re looking forward to welcoming some new opponents this year including two 20-game winners a year ago.”
Denver comes to the Sun City following back-to-back 22-win seasons, 22-10 in 2013, and capturing a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship. The Pioneers return three starters from the 2012-13 season including senior Chris Udofia who helped Denver end the past campaign ranked 63rd in the RPI.
An All-WAC First Team and All-WAC Defensive Team selection, Udofia was the Pioneers’ scoring leader (13.3) and was tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 First Team. Also returning for Denver is All-WAC Third Team honoree Brett Olson. The junior guard ranked second in the WAC in three-pointers made (2.38) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.434).
Coach Scott is the first coach to bring three different teams to the Sun Bowl Invitational. The Princeton alum’s last appearance was with his alma mater in 2004. Prior to that, Scott brought his Air Force Falcons to the invitational in 2002.
Western Illinois enjoyed their most successful season in program history after winning the program’s first ever regular season championship of The Summit League and earning 22 wins, the most ever in their Division I history. The Fighting Leathernecks led the nation in least personal fouls committed (12.6) and ranked second in scoring defense (52.7).
The Fighting Leathernecks return three players that saw action in every game of the 2012-13 season. Senior Adam Link is coming off selections to The Summit League All-Newcomer Team and All-Summit League Third Team.
Molinari was tabbed the 2013 ‘Coach of the Year’ by The Summit League, CollegeInsider.com and College Sports Madness.
A young Alcorn State team will head to El Paso with an impressive class of freshmen that include an ESPN top-100 center, one of the top Memphis forwards and two state champions in Mississippi. Sophomore LeAntwon Luckett, the Braves’ second leading scorer (13.4) in 2012-13, returns to the starting line-up. Joining Luckett, is Mississippi State transfer Shaunessy Smith, one of the top shooting guards in the state of Mississippi from Noxubee County High School.
UTEP, 76-22 all-time in the tournament claiming 29 titles, will host this year’s classic for the 52nd year.
The Miners return six players who appeared in at least 24 games during the 2012-13 season including junior Julian Washburn. Tabbed third team All-Conference USA as well as to the league’s All-Defensive Team, Washburn was also the scoring leader for the Miners (12.3).
With three starters returning from last season, the Miners also welcome back five of their top seven scorers (Washburn, John Bohannon, McKenzie Moore, Cedrick Lang and C.J. Cooper) and their top four rebounders (Bohannon, Lang, Washburn and Moore).
“We are very excited about this year’s field for the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational,” said Barry Kobren, Sun Bowl Association chairman for the event. “One of our main goals each year is to bring in teams that will help UTEP’s strength of schedule and RPI. We think we’ve done that by bringing in two opponents who each won 22 games and were conference champions with high RPI’s of their own.
“We are also excited that Alcorn State and Coach Luther Riley will be joining coaches Joe Scott (Denver) and Jim Molinari (Western Illinois). Coach Riley is building a great program at Alcorn that will feature an exceptional recruiting class in 2013. They should be a much improved team."
Denver returns to the nation’s oldest holiday invitational after a 40-year hiatus. The last time the Pioneers played in the Sun Bowl they defeated Baylor (70-51) and advanced to the championship game to face UTEP in 1963. The Miners claimed the tournament title with a 53-42 win over Denver. Western Illinois and Alcorn State are making their first appearance in the event.
Beginning Dec. 2, tickets will be available at the Sun Bowl Association office at (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL), the UTEP Ticket Center (915-747-5234) and TicketMaster outlets. Tickets can be reserved now by calling the Sun Bowl Association office. Tickets are also included in UTEP season ticket packages.
$40 (rows 1-34) and $20 (rows 35-39)
*$20 UTEP students, plus one guest at same price
$22 (rows 1-34) and $12 (rows 35-39)
*$12 UTEP students, plus one guest at same price
-Tickets can only be sold as a package (4-game, 2-nights) until Monday, December 16.
-Single event sales (2-games, 1-night) will be offered beginning Monday, December 16, 8 am
-Student seating will be reserved seating, not GA
-Purchased with student ID at UTEP only
-May purchase two tickets at military/student price, available in all sections
-Military pricing will be offered at the same price as the student pricing
-Purchased with military ID
-May purchase four tickets at student/military price, available in all sections
*Must purchase at the UTEP Ticket Center Only
The Sun Bowl Association announces the coronation of the 2013 Sun Queen and Sun Court.
The Sun Bowl Association announced the coronation of the 2013 Sun Queen and Sun Court on Saturday evening at the El Paso Country Club.
Madeline Clark, daughter of Charles and Susan Clark, was crowned the 2013 Sun Queen. Clark is a junior marketing major at the University of Texas at Austin.
Clark is a member of the Alpha Phi Women’s Fraternity, is a mentor recruitment co-chair for Gateway Scholars and serves on the Women’s Business Council. While in Austin, she has worked as a tutor in the Austin Partner in Education program.
She is the founder of the “Head to Toe” charity that gathers warm clothing during the holiday season for local organizations such as Dame La Mano, Child Crisis Center, El Paso Rescue Mission and the Children’s Grief Center.
A graduate of Eastwood High School, Clark was a member of the Mayor’s Top-100 Teens, a recipient of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care scholarship, captain of the Saltatrix Varsity Dance Team and the senior class treasurer.
The 2012 Lady-In-Waiting is Bhriannon Tiscareño, daughter of Rosario Tiscareño. She is a senior mechanical engineering major at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Tiscareño is a member of the Mexican American Engineering Society and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She has also been a part of the UTEP marching band and steel drum ensemble and is the percussion instructor at Americas High School.
She volunteers her time as youth director, confirmation catechist and the pastoral council at Saint Patrick’s Church. Tiscareño has also been involved with the Austin High School Gear Up Math and Science Tutoring Program, the Sun City Regional Science Fair, the Chapin Senior Symposium and the Lego League-Robotics Competition.
A graduate of Chapin High School, Tiscareño was a member of the Project Lead the Way Engineering Magnet Program, the National Honor Society, the Hispanic Honor Society, and was the section leader of the percussion section of the band.
The 2013 Aria Borunda, Winter De La Cruz, Rebecca Gutierrez, Hannah Hartshorn, Savannah Lewis, Elizabeth Marquez, Melissa Moya, Bianca Salas, Perla Salcedo, Elizabeth Vicencio and Audrey Westcott.
Judging is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso. Contestants must be enrolled as full-time students. The coronation has been a tradition in El Paso since the first collegiate Sun Bowl game in 1936.
Sun Court members serve as ambassadors for the Sun Bowl Association, as well as for the City of El Paso. The Sun Queen and Sun Princesses will attend various community events, such as the Hyundai Sun Bowl, FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl youth camps and clinics and other various events throughout the community.
The Sun Bowl Association announced today a six-year extension with the Atlantic Coast Conference set to begin in 2014.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the ACC,” said Walker Crowson, Sun Bowl Association President. “We have been part of the ACC family for the past three seasons which has allowed us to bring high-profile, competitive teams to the Sun Bowl and we look forward to building upon that tradition.
“We have only begun to scratch the surface of the quality and depth that the ACC has to provide which is exciting for us. When you combine the strength of the current ACC teams and the addition of its new schools this year and next, the possibilities for compelling Sun Bowl games are endless.”
The Hyundai Sun Bowl will share the third through sixth selections from the ACC with the Belk Bowl, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl or the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Discover Orange Bowl will continue to have the conference champion or the first selection followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl.
“The Hyundai Sun Bowl has one of the most storied bowl histories and we are pleased to continue our partnership for the next six years,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The Sun Bowl Association does a first-class job in its hospitality, community involvement and creating an experience that will long resonate with our participating teams.”
The ACC representative will face an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference in which the Hyundai Sun Bowl selects after the newly-formed College Football Playoff and/or the Rose Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Holiday Bowl and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
“The new college football playoff system has significantly altered the landscape in which all bowls are operating,” Crowson added. “In light of all of the changes that bowls are facing, we could not be happier that we are able to continue our strong partnership with one of the premier conferences in the country for the next six years. On behalf of the Sun Bowl Association, I want to thank the ACC and its member institutions for continuing that partnership. We look forward to hosting the ACC, its teams, fans and alumni in the future.”
The Hyundai Sun Bowl is the second oldest college football bowl game in the nation. First played in 1935, the Hyundai Sun Bowl currently matches teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. The Sun Bowl has featured many college football stars that went on to outstanding pro football careers. The list includes such stalwarts as Merlin Olsen, Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Don Maynard, Jesse Whittenton, Billy Stevens, Charlie Johnson, Carson Palmer and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Over the past 79 years, the Sun Bowl has drawn more than two million fans through its gates and has averaged 50,299 fans a year over this past decade, including four sellouts in 2004 (51,288), 2005 (50,426), 2009 (53,713) and 2010 (54,021).
The Sun Bowl has a legacy of providing top quality entertainment and exciting college football games. In 2011, the first overtime contest in game history came as Utah tied up the score with 1:32 left in regulation. The Utes responded to a Georgia Tech field goal with a touchdown for the 30-27 win.
This year’s game will mark the 80th anniversary of the Sun Bowl and is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon (MST) at Sun Bowl Stadium. CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 46th consecutive year.
The Sun Bowl Association produces additional major community events, such as the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta and the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.
Tickets for the 80th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl will go on sale on Monday, July 1, beginning at 10 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling the Sun Bowl Association at (915) 533-4416. Tickets may also be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office. Current account holders will receive renewal invoices in late July.
Prices for this year’s bowl game are $17, $22, $32, $42, $52 and $62 ($2 facility fee included). Purchases made through Ticketmaster will incur additional service charges.
In addition to the release of individual tickets, football fans will have the opportunity to take advantage of the “Me+3” 80th anniversary promotion consisting of four $32 tickets for $80 (plus applicable fees).
“We are looking forward to this milestone anniversary and all the special events surrounding our 80th game,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “Our goal is to sell this game out and have our fans come out to celebrate the nation’s second oldest college bowl game with us.”
With the purchase of each football ticket, fans will be eligible to win one of 80 prizes that will be given away on December 31 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the game.
This year’s game is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Sun Bowl Stadium and will pit selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. The Pac-12 pick will be this year’s home team.