December 18, 2015

The impact of the bowl system is evident in several ways. Players and coaching staffs are rewarded for their success on the field. Fans and alumni get to share their passion for their team with others in a fresh, exciting atmosphere. However, there’s an impact that may not be as evident to college football fans: the extensive community outreach of the bowls.

Each of the 41 bowls provides philanthropic and charity efforts to its host community, and these year-round efforts reflect the dedication that the bowl staffs have to the cities that support their efforts.

“The leadership of the bowls are the most influential and civic active citizens in a community,” said Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association. “From the very beginning, bowls have served a purpose of promoting local communities, and in recent years, that has grown to support for local community projects. From playgrounds to scholarships, from support of high school championships to veterans’ causes, it is an important feature of postseason football.”

While most bowls provide support to multiple charities and philanthropic efforts, there are a few unique partnerships that define the relationship between a bowl game and the city it serves. In Memphis, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have enjoyed a partnership for several decades, including team visit’s to the hospital, St. Jude kids getting an opportunity to attend the game and join the halftime entertainer on stage, and of course donations to the hospital.

“Thanks to our bowl’s generous partners, supporters and volunteers, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl donated $143,586 to St. Jude in 2015,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The following list provides links to additional information about the bowl system’s charitable efforts:

College Football National Championship
CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard For Teachers

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Crescent City Classic

Youth Football Clinics

Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl and Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Fiesta Bowl Charities

Capital One Orange Bowl
Orange Bowl Community Programs

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
“College Football’s Most Charitable Bowl Game”

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest

Rose Bowl Game
Tournament of Roses Foundation

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl
DePelchin Children’s Center

Autonation Cure Bowl
Cure Bowl Charitable Partners

Autozone Liberty Bowl
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Belk Bowl
Belk Bowl Innovation Lab Contest

Birmingham Bowl
Crippled Children’s Foundation

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl
Florida Citrus Sports Foundation

Camping World Independence Bowl
Charitable Donation Program

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Community Partners

Foster Farms Bowl
Foster Farms Bowl Initiatives to Fight Hunger

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Youth Football Program

GoDaddy Bowl
1st & 10 Club’s Scholar of the Week

Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii Bowl Foundation

Holiday Bowl
Southwest Airlines Scholarship presented by the Cushman Foundation

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Armed Forces Bowl Charities

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
Spirit of Giving

Military Bowl (presented by Northrop Grumman)
Community Outreach

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Community Efforts

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tuscon and the Arizona Bowl Gives Back Program

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Ranfurly Homes for Children and USA Football

Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit Police Athletic League

Disabled American Veterans

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Community Efforts

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Community Outreach

St. Petersburg Bowl
Mike Alsott Family Foundation

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Kaiser Permanente Youth Football Clinic

TaxSlayer Bowl
Community Outreach

Valero Alamo Bowl
Community Outreach

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl   

The Line of Duty Wall