Stemming from a rich history that dates to 1959, the Texas Bowl we know today champions community and charitable initiatives – designating the Depelchin Children’s Center as its charitable beneficiary.
A post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game, the Texas Bowl takes top tier performance off the field to strengthen the Texas communities they call home.
Aside from the direct support provided the Depelchin Center through its ticket sales, the Texas Bowl community initiatives include; the Kendra Scott Gives Back event, Gridiron Legends – honoring epic players in Texas football, Gridiron Legends Golf Tournament, Mr. Football – Player of the Year Award, Day at the Museum, Team Football, Rodeo Bowl, Bowl Buddy and THSCA Tickets – Texas Bowl tickets offered to outstanding coaches through the Texas High School Coaches Association & Coaches Education Foundation.
Together the Texas Bowl has contributed over $1.6 million in financial support to the center and millions of dollars in promotional support, while boosting spirits and empowering children from the Depelchin Center throughout the year – something needed today more than ever before.
The Depelchin Center, which has been a beneficiary of the Texas Bowl since 2006, has served as one of Houston’s leading centers for foster care and adoption services since 1892. The center is a nonprofit provider of mental health, prevention and early intervention and child welfare services.
The 2020 Gridiron Legends class will be honored on-field during the 2020 Texas Bowl, which is scheduled for December and currently taking names for the Priority Waiting List.
The History of the Texas Bowl
The Texas Bowl played its first game in 2006, replacing the Houston Bowl (2000-2005). Prior to that, the bowl was called the Bluebonnet Bowl (1959 – 1987). It has had different title sponsors over the years including AdvoCare (2014-2016), Meineke Car Care (2011 – 2012) and currently Academy Sports + Outdoors (2017 to present). The bowl game today is officially called the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.
Dr. Jafarnia has recently joined the board of directors of the Texas Bowl – committed to ensuring the success of the organization and vital role it plays in improving community and the lives of Houston kids.