Academy Sports+Outdoors Texas Bowl
DePelchin Children’s Center was named as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary in 2006. Over its twelve-year history, the game has donated nearly $1.4 million to DePelchin in funding as well as millions of dollars in promotional support and publicity.
In 2018, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl presented another record donation of $185,000 to DePelchin Children’s Center. The gift was the largest in Bowl history and marked the seventh time that the Bowl contributed $100,000 or more to DePelchin. Donations have previously exceeded $100,000 in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. View the press release to learn more.
In addition to supporting DePelchin with its dollars, the partnership has also provided DePelchin’s children and families with priceless memories that will last a lifetime, from team visits with the children to complimentary tickets to the big game! Through the Bowl Buddy program, individuals can donate $25 tickets to children in DePelchin's care! Get more information about the Bowl Buddy program and other ways to engage with the Bowl and support DePelchin through the partnership. DePelchin also benefits from the continuous exposure of the organization through Bowl activities, including its Gridiron Legends Golf Tournament, allows a new community of supporters to understand the need for loving families for kids.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences, for the next two years. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game has ranked fourth in attendance since 2014 behind only the Rose, Cotton and Peach Bowls in that time. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, nearly $1.4 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.
About Academy Sports + Outdoors
At Academy Sports + Outdoors, we make it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoor activities. At each of our 240+ locations, we carry a wide range of hunting, fishing and camping equipment, patio sets and barbeque grills, along with sports and recreation products, at everyday low prices. For all. For less.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.