A big part of the 2007 Texas Bowl is giving back to the community that has been such a big support over the past two years.
With that in mind, Academy Sports & Outdoors and Under Armour, two of the Houston Texans' corporate partners, recently donated 100 tickets to the Texas Bowl to a local youth football organization.
The Southside Cowboys of the Greater Houston Pop Warner (GHPW) league won the 2007 national title in the Division II midget bracket (13-15 year olds) by beating the Capital City Steelers of North Carolina, 7-6, on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
In honor of the Southside Cowboys' achievement, Academy Sports & Outdoors and Under Armour were proud to donate the tickets to the first-ever Houston team to win a Pop Warner national championship.
"On behalf of the Southside Cowboys, I would like to thank the Texas Bowl, Under Armour and Academy Sports & Outdoors for their support with this endeavor," Kevin Walker, president and head coach of the Southside Cowboys, said. "I'm sure the kids from this low socio-economic community will greatly appreciate the tickets."
The Texas Bowl will feature the University of Houston Cougars facing the TCU Horned Frogs on Friday, Dec. 28 at Reliant Stadium. Last year's inaugural Texas Bowl included the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Kansas State Wildcats. Rutgers took the trophy after their 37-10 victory.
"Our goal with the Texas Bowl is to connect with the local community and a big part of that initiative is helping kids experience a bowl game," David Brady, director of Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, said. "For Academy and Under Armour to step up and provide these kids with a chance to experience a great college football game is exactly in line with our goals of this event."
Texans owner Bob McNair, who also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Texas Bowl Foundation, sent this message to the Southside Cowboys to congratulate them on their accomplishment.
To learn more about the Texas Bowl, please visit TexasBowl.org, where you can find information on tickets and other events surrounding the second annual bowl game.