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GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF EL PASO PARTNERS WITH THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT June 13, 2024

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF EL PASO PARTNERS WITH THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Goodwill of El Paso have partnered for the Fourth Annual Sun Bowl Adult Flag Football Tournament. Goodwill has given a helpful sponsorship for the community event that will be held on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 23-25, 2024 at the Westside Sports Complex in El Paso, Texas.

The sponsorship helps to fund the monetary prizes, goes towards the rental of the facilities and so much more.

“Goodwill Industries of El Paso is proud and honored to partner with one of the most impactful and distinguished organizations in El Paso: The Sun Bowl Association,” said President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of El Paso, Melinda Jordan. “We look forward to working with the Sun Bowl Association in making a positive and profound difference in our community for many years to come. Together, we will do GOOD for El Paso.”

The sponsorship is a one-year deal with the opportunity to resign for another year.

Goodwill Industries will set up a donation center at the event, encouraging attendees to bring gently used items such as sporting goods, clothing, household goods, and electronics. All donations will go towards supporting Goodwill’s programs and services, while also distributing information about what Goodwill Industries is about.

“The Sun Bowl Association is thankful for Goodwill Industries and shares in the excitement of this partnership," said Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Association Executive Director. “Together with Goodwill Industries, we aim to create an event that brings our community closer and provides valuable resources and opportunities for everyone.”

About the Tournament:
The tournament features various levels to play in and as follows:

8-v-8 (15 person roster)
• Men’s D-Division (family & friends)
• Men’s C-Division (recreational)
• Men’s B-Division (intermediate)
• Men’s A-Division (competitive)

• Women’s A-Division (competitive)

• Coed Division (recreational)

5-v-5 (10 person roster)
• Men’s A-Division (competitive)

• Women’s A-Division (competitive)

All participants will receive a tournament gift bag with various commemorative items. The first-place teams in all divisions will receive a tournament championship belt and championship cups.

The winner of the Men’s A – Competitive Division & Women’s A – Competitive Division
will receive a money payout. Monetary prizes awarded will be based on the size of the bracket: up
to 32 teams will receive a $2,500 payout and 32 teams+ bracket will receive a $4,000 payout.

The winner of the Men’s B – Intermediate Division, Men’s C – Recreations Division Men’s D-
Division and Coed C –Recreational Division will receive a $1,000 payout. The winner of both 5-v-5 Divisions (men & women) will receive a monetary payout as well.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Friday, August 2, 2024 or until the bracket is full, whichever comes first. The entry fee for 8-v-8 is $350 while the entry fee for 5-v-5 is $285, which includes all referee fees.

WHAT: Fourth Annual Sun Bowl Flag Football Tournament
WHEN: Aug. 23-25, 2024 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
WHERE: Westside Sports Complex (201 Isela Rubalcava Boulevard, El Paso, TX 79932)
WEBSITE: http://sunbowl.org/events/flag_football

About the Sun Bowl Association:
The Sun Bowl Association is a volunteer based non-profit 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. Other Sun Bowl core events include the Sun Bowl Flag Football Tournament, the Peter Piper Pizza Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Basketball Invitational, and the Fan Fiesta.

About Goodwill Industries of El Paso
Since its founding in 1948, Goodwill Industries of El Paso has helped individuals with disabilities or vocational disadvantages help themselves through Goodwill’s philosophy of giving a “hand up, not a hand-out.” Achieving self-sufficiency is at the heart of our mission.

We are one of more than 160 independent Goodwills in the United States, all of which are member organizations in Goodwill Industries International. In the early 1900s, Edgar J. Helms, our founder, described Goodwill as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise…a provider of employment, training, and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources were depleted.”

Goodwill Industries of El Paso today continues its original mission as a social service provider, a significant retailer in El Paso, Dona Ana, and Otero counties, and a long-time premier recycler diverting millions of pounds from our landfills…even before “going green” was part of our vocabulary! We work with diverse groups of people by equipping them with the skills and confidence to begin life on their own independently, responsibly, and with self-sufficiency.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF EL PASO PARTNERS WITH THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF EL PASO PARTNERS WITH THE SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

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SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT AND HONORS VOLUNTEERS June 10, 2024

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT AND HONORS VOLUNTEERS

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association hosted a new president installation and honored volunteers at TopGolf on Sunday, June 9, 2024, announcing Michael Guerra as the new SBA President.

Michael Guerra is Vice President of Guerra Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisory firm focusing on personalized portfolio and customized investment management for individuals, professional organizations, foundations, institutions, endowments and retirement plans. Prior to this, Michael served as the Chief Lobbyist and Vice President of Government Relations and Armed Forces for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he advocated for pro-El Paso public policy at the Federal, State, County and City levels of government and was the staff lead to create the influential presentations that led to successful results of the expansion of Ft. Bliss, Texas after the Base Realignment and Closure hearings. He was also instrumental in building several Nationally recognized Workforce Development programs in partnership with the US Department of Labor, Johns Hopkins University, and the US Chamber of Commerce.

“We are all excited to have Michael Guerra lead the Board of Directors this year,” Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “We know the Sun Bowl Association means the world to him and his entire family.” (for video interview, use the following link: https://youtu.be/f5OWAXO5O6A)

Guerra’s community involvement is extensive. He is a Founding Director and former President of Progress321, a regional leadership and professional development organization. He also serves on the board of The Hospitals of Providence East, the El Paso Chamber Foundation Board, as well as the Cubmaster of his childrens’ Cub Scout Pack. Michael previously served as two-time President of the Amigo Airsho, Chairman of Leadership El Paso, and as a board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates, FBI Citizens Academy and Creative Kids.

“It’s an honor to serve as the 2024-2025 Sun Bowl President and I look forward to working with Bernie Olivas, the Sun Bowl Staff and all the volunteers who help throughout the year,” Guerra said. said. “I would like to say, ‘THANK YOU’ to our amazing sponsors and over 700 volunteers, as this organization would not be sustained without them.”

Guerra has been recognized with El Paso’s Breakthrough Leader Award, Sun Bowl President’s Award, El Paso’s Top Young Business Professionals, US Army’s St. Barbara’s Distinguished Civilian Award, and is a graduate of the US Army War College Distinguished Civilian Leadership Program.

Guerra is a proud El Pasoan. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration. Guerra earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.

The ceremony included the Sun Bowl Association honoring and thanking volunteers, as well as presenting plaques to various award winners. A list of award winners is below.

Sun Bowl Most Valuable Volunteer Award winners (2023 events)
• Sun Bowl Adult Flag Football Tournament Adelyne Morales
• Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade Float Building Committee
• Jemma Urquhart
• Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade Committee Daniel Ornelas
• WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Xavier Mora
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Media Host Committee Maria Hurtado
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Committee Jesse Venzor
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game Day Committee Alma Abilez
• Tony the Tiger Officials Committee Jennifer Stroh Viescas
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl PAC-12 Team Host Committee Alex Hernandez
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl PAC-12 Band Host Committee Danny Tovar
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl ACC Team Host Committee Luis Gallardo
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl ACC Band Host Committee Lindsay Marcontel
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Provisions Committee Austin Rystad
CBS Host Committee N/A
• Koogler Award Raul Placencia (Most Outstanding Volunteer)
• Gary Del Palacio President’s Award Greg Groves (Given to board member)
• Special Recognition Kim Rasmussen

Listen to an interview with Board President Micheal Guerra, Executive Director Bernie Olivas and Board Member/Volunteer Victor Salazar using the links below.

Spotify (App): https://open.spotify.com/episode/7dKASD8UcGT1h9BgQdeXzn?si=df73799877eb4b53

ApplePodcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sports-n-more-podcast-with-eddie-morelos-aka-da-mayor/id1701887242

Spotify for Podcasters: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/e-morelos/episodes/Sports-N-More-Podcast-with-Host-Eddie-Morelos—-Sun-Bowl-Association—-Board-President—Executive-Director—Board-MemberVolunteer-episode-219-e2knqmj

About the Sun Bowl Association:
The Sun Bowl Association is a volunteer based non-profit 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. Other Sun Bowl core events include the Sun Bowl Adult Flag Football Tournament, the Peter Piper Pizza Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Basketball Invitational, and the Fan Fiesta.

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT AND HONORS VOLUNTEERS

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT AND HONORS VOLUNTEERS

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT AND HONORS VOLUNTEERS

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91st ANNUAL TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL GAME SET FOR A NOON (MT) KICK-OFF ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN EL PASO, TEXAS June 6, 2024

91st ANNUAL TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL GAME SET FOR A NOON (MT) KICK-OFF ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN EL PASO, TEXAS

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association, Kellogg’s and CBS announced on Thursday, June 6, 2024 that the 91st Annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2024, at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The game will kick-off at Noon (MT) and be televised on CBS for the 56th consecutive year, which is the longest running partnership between one bowl game on one network.

“We are all very excited to have the game on our traditional date of New Year’s Eve and expect another great matchup between the ACC and Pac-12 and its legacy schools,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “As in the past, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl and the events surrounding the game brings in the potential for great economic impact and excitement to our city and everyone in the Borderland.”

The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, the second oldest bowl game in the nation, is the second of five bowl games being played on Dec. 31, 2024 and the only bowl game to be televised on CBS.

Tickets to the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl go on sale Sept. 1, 2024 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster or by calling 915-533-4416. Fans can also purchase tickets in the Sun Bowl Association office at 4150 Pinnacle Street, suite 100 in El Paso, Texas.

For complete information on the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl go to www.sunbowl.org.

91st ANNUAL TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL GAME SET FOR A NOON (MT) KICK-OFF ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN EL PASO, TEXAS


SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION SET FOR FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT June 3, 2024

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION SET FOR FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the Southwest Flag Football League have teamed up again to host the Fourth Annual Sun Bowl Adult Flag Football tournament in El Paso, Texas, Friday-Sunday, August 23-25, 2024. The three-day event features monetary prizes awarded to the champions.

The tournament will be played at the Westside Sports Complex in El Paso and with various levels to play in. The tournament levels are as follows:

8-v-8 (15 person roster)
• Men’s D-Division (family & friends)
• Men’s C-Division (recreational)
• Men’s B-Division (intermediate)
• Men’s A-Division (competitive)

• Women’s A-Division (competitive)

• Coed Division (recreational)

5-v-5 (10 person roster)
• Men’s A-Division (competitive)

• Women’s A-Division (competitive)
“This is year No. 4 and it’s been a fun and amazing event to see grow,” said SBA Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We are excited to work alongside the Southwest Flag Football League once again and hope for another great turnout.”

All participants will receive a tournament gift bag with various commemorative items. The first-place teams in all divisions will receive a tournament championship belt and championship cups.

The winner of the Men’s A – Competitive Division & Women’s A – Competitive Division
will receive a money payout. Monetary prizes awarded will be based on the size of the bracket: up
to 16 teams will receive a $2,500 payout and 32 teams+ bracket will receive a $4,000 payout.

The winner of the Men’s B – Intermediate Division, Men’s C – Recreations Division Men’s D-
Division and Coed C –Recreational Division will receive a $1,000 payout.

The winner of both 5-v-5 Divisions (men & women) will receive a $2,500 payout.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Friday, August 2, 2024 or until the bracket is full, whichever comes first. The entry fee for 8-v-8 is $350 while the entry fee for 5-v-5 is $285, which includes all referee fees.

“We received feedback to add a 5-v-5 bracket so we decided to go with it,” Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach said. “It’s been neat to see this event grow and it’s always exciting to be part of another Sun Bowl Association event that brings so many people together to showcase El Paso and our community’s hospitality.”

Tournament Chairman Adrian Morales said, “It is a huge honor for me to be part of such a great organization like the Sun Bowl Association while at the same time strengthening our local flag football community. Giving them an opportunity to compete against teams from California to East Texas and from Colorado to interior Mexico, is energizing.”

WHAT: Fourth Annual Sun Bowl Flag Football Tournament
WHEN: Aug. 23-25, 2024 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
WHERE: Westside Sports Complex (201 Isela Rubalcava Boulevard, El Paso, TX 79932)
WEBSITE: http://sunbowl.org/events/flag_football

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION SET FOR FOURTH ANNUAL SUN BOWL ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

About the Sun Bowl Association:
The Sun Bowl Association is a volunteer based non-profit 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. Other Sun Bowl core events include the Sun Bowl Flag Football Tournament, the Peter Piper Pizza Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Basketball Invitational, and the Fan Fiesta.

About Southwest Flag Football League:
• Flag Football League in El Paso, Texas
• Players: 18-years-of-age and up; six different divisions
http://southwestflagfootball.com/
• Phone: (915) 253-9853
• Email: swflagfootball@yahoo.com

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SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024-25 SUN COURT May 31, 2024

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024-25 SUN COURT

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 Sun Court.

Applications are available online at www.sunbowl.org or can be picked up at the Sun Bowl Association (SBA) office, located at 4150 Pinnacle St., Suite 100 in El Paso, Texas. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28, 2024 by 3 p.m. (MT). All interviews will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2024 beginning at 9 a.m. at the SBA offices.

The El Paso area will be represented by the city’s young women to serve as community ambassadors during all Sun Bowl events including the Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving morning and the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl football game on December 31, 2024.

“The Sun Court has been an integral part of the Sun Bowl Association for over 90 years and they serve the purpose of being ambassadors for the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso,” Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “We look forward to receiving applications from many wonderful women from El Paso selecting the best possible candidates to fill the Sun Court. Very excited to continue this storied tradition.”

The Sun Court dates back to 1935 when organizers planned the event as a companion to the first Sun Bowl game. This is a great time for young women to promote their city and to volunteer as community ambassadors. Contestants are selected based on poise, personality, communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge of El Paso and all Sun Bowl Association events. Participants must be full-time students at a college or university and in good academic standing.

For questions, please contact the Sun Bowl Association Office at (915) 533-4416 or email office@sunbowl.org

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, 2024) that has 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 ONE-PAGE 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 part of the Sun Court. Applications can be submitted electronically or can be dropped off at the Sun Bowl Association office (4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100, El Paso, Texas).

Electronic Submissions: office@sunbowl.org; bolivas@sunbowl.org; emorelos@sunbowl.org.

2024 Sun Court Application


FINALISTS NAMED FOR SECOND CLASS OF BOWL SEASON BESTIES AWARDS April 10, 2024

FINALISTS NAMED FOR SECOND CLASS OF BOWL SEASON BESTIES AWARDS

DALLAS – Bowl Season has announced the finalists for the second class of the “Bowl Season Besties Awards” – created to recognize “best of the best” among the bowl games membership. The winners will be announced at the Bowl Season Annual Meeting in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, April 17.

Bowl Season assembled an awards committee two years ago to organize and create the Bowl Season Besties program, reflected from efforts around the 2022-23 Bowl Season. The committee established five award categories in which bowl organizations could put nomination submissions towards: Best in Events, Best in Student-Athlete Experience, Best in Community Engagement, Best in Marketing, and Best in Game Presentation.

“The purpose of the Bowl Season Besties is to honor “best-in-class” in the bowl industry,” said Bowl Season Executive Director Nick Caparelli. “In sharing and recognizing the finalists at the Bowl Season Annual Meeting, we hope these awards will spark ideas and help all bowls achieve even greater success. It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers.”

The finalists were voted on by a committee comprised of Bowl Executive Directors and the Bowl Season Awards Committee. The winners of each award will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the Bowl Season Annual Meetings on Wednesday, April 17.

The five categories and finalists:

Best in Events
Many people think that bowls are “just a football game” – however, that is simply not the case. All bowls host multiple ancillary events in the days, weeks and months leading up to the game for the teams and for the fans. The winner of Best in Events will be selected based on the criteria of creativity, meeting set goals (For example: Tickets sales to an event, raising funds for community, etc.)

Best in Events Finalists
• Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
• TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
• Cheez-It Citrus Bowl


Best in Student-Athlete Experience
The student-athlete experience is ultimately what the bowls are all about. Creating positive, unique, and memorable experiences for the teams is a top priority for all of Bowl Season membership. The winner of Best in Student-Athlete Experience will be selected based on creativity, student-athlete impact, community impact based on stated goals for the experience.

Best in Student-Athlete Experience Finalists
• Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
VRBO Fiesta Bowl
• Scooter’s Coffee Frisco Bowl


Best in Community Engagement
Engaging the community is one of the keys to the success of Bowl games. The winner of Best in Community Engagement will be selected based on creativity and community impact.

Best in Community Engagement Finalists
• Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
• TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
• Capital One Orange Bowl


Best in Marketing
Social media, traditional media, digital media – there are so many ways to market your bowl/brand. The winner of Best in Marketing will be selected based on the criteria of creativity, usefulness, and effectiveness through data (for example: increased ticket sales, social media followers, etc.).

Best in Marketing Finalists
• Duke’s Mayo Bowl
• Starco Brands LA Bowl hosted by Gronk
• DirectTV Holiday Bowl


Best in Game Presentation
From fans to football players to sponsors to viewers watching on TV, game presentation is everything! The winner for Best in Game Presentation will be selected based on design and implementation creativity, impact and operational execution within your respective stadium.

Best in Game Presentation Finalists
• Pop-Tarts Bowl
• Starco Brands LA Bowl hosted by Gronk
• Military Bowl Presented by GoBowling.com

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