ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – The Orlando Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the nomination process is now open for the Cure Bowl Warriors, the initiative that provides a free game ticket donated to breast cancer survivors, thrivers and fighters for the Cure Bowl on Dec. 21 at Exploria Stadium.
Over the first four years, the Cure Bowl has donated tickets to cancer survivors and their families. This is an extension of that program and offers a platform where those affected by breast cancer will be recognized on the website and honored during gameday activities at the Cure Bowl and March 2 Cure.
Nominations for recipients can be made at CureBowl.com/Warriors, and recipients will be listed on the March 2 Cure webpage. Each nominee will receive their free ticket by email, along with the details for the events on Dec. 21 that include leading the March 2 Cure and an on-field dedication.
“As the only college football bowl game that is dedicated to donating funds to cancer research, we have an obligation to our community to ensure that anyone affected locally has a place where they feel honored and recognized,” said Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch. “We hope to see thousands of our honorees supported by fans and community leaders marching towards Exploria Stadium in a sea of pink on December 21.”
Pre-game festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. at Church Street Station at the March 2 Cure block party that includes VIP areas, alumni events, and fun for the whole family. Honorees will lead the March 2 Cure at 1:15 p.m., where thousands will walk together from Church Street Station to Exploria Stadium for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
Since its inaugural game in 2015, the Cure Bowl has been used as a platform to raise $3.6 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The Orlando community has benefited from the funds generated at the game with local BCRF research Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine receiving over $1.2 million of the funds distributed.
The Cure Bowl features a matchup between teams from the American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference. There is also a secondary tie-in with independent Liberty University.
About the Cure Bowl
The Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer. Played on the third Saturday in December each year at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, this NCAA college football bowl game is televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide, and the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States, investing 91 cents of every donated dollar directly into core programs.
The Cure Bowl has helped to put Orlando at the center of some of the world’s greatest advancements in cancer science. Since 2015, the bowl has raised a collective $3.6 million. Over $1.1 million of the funds raised have gone to Dr. Annette Khaled, professor at the UCF College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and head of the medical school’s cancer research division.
About Orlando Sports Foundation
The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December.
With the combined support of Central Floridians, loyal sports fans and strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence.