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AutoNation Cure Bowl, Sun Belt Conference Team Up for Coaches for a Cure Initiative

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The Orlando Sports Foundation announced on Thursday a partnership between the AutoNation Cure Bowl benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and Sun Belt Conference for a league-wide Coaches for a Cure initiative during the 2018 football season.

During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 10 Sun Belt football institutions are displaying Sun Belt Kicks Cancer kicking nets and participating in Pink Saturdays. For Pink Saturdays, the AutoNation Cure Bowl is providing the coaching staffs with pink shoelaces, armbands, wristbands and towels to wear during each school’s designated game(s). Each school is also set to display a specially designed pink Sun Belt Kicks Cancer kicking net on its home sideline throughout the month.

Pink Saturdays is a conference-wide initiative that unites football teams and coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising cancer research by committing 91 cents of every dollar directly to its mission.

Sun Belt Pink Saturdays

Game Date Matchup
Thursday, Oct. 4 Georgia State at Troy
Saturday, Oct. 6 Louisiana at Texas State
Tuesday, Oct. 9 Appalachian State at Arkansas State
Saturday Oct. 13 Alabama State at South Alabama
New Mexico State at Louisiana
ULM at Coastal Carolina
Saturday, Oct. 20 Louisiana at Appalachian State
Thursday, Oct. 25 Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
Saturday, Oct. 27 Coastal Carolina at Georgia State

About the AutoNation Cure Bowl

Bringing Teams Together to Find a Cure for Cancer. The AutoNation Cure Bowl is more than a game. It’s a celebration of the women who are living with breast cancer today and those who will face it tomorrow. Funds raised from the AutoNation Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Since 2015, the bowl has raised a collective $3.55 million dollars to benefit breast cancer research. The 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl benefitting BCRF, pitting teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the American Athletic Conference, is set for Saturday, Dec. 15 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and iHeart Radio’s 96.9 The Game. To learn more, visit

About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. By committing 91 cents of every dollar directly to its mission, BCRF is one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits and the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. To learn more, visit

About the Sun Belt Conference

Entering the second decade of the new millennium, the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. And since the birth of the league as an FBS member in 2001, the evidence is clear that the conference is indeed rising above competitors and peer conferences. For more information on the Sun Belt Conference, visit