The

History

The Cure Bowl was created by a group of corporate leaders and philanthropists who wanted to bring a new college football post-season bowl game to Orlando while simultaneously tying it to a humanitarian cause.

Cure Bowl History

In Fall 2007, college football in Orlando experienced a surge of support thanks to the completion of a new, on-campus stadium at the University of Central Florida.

The community enthusiasm inspired a group of Orlando leaders and philanthropists — many of who were UCF alums — to bring a new college bowl game to Orlando and to make it unique by directly tying it to a charitable cause. Among those initial supporters were the founding Board of Director members and Advisory Board members : Dave Almstead, Megan Dowdy, Alan Fidelo, Mike Foristall, Alan Gooch, Joe Hornstein, Jeff Lagos, George Lamelza, Joe Mckinney, Mack Mclaughlin, Alan Morrison, and Scott Rose.

That goal became a reality in December 2015 with the inaugural Cure Bowl kicking off between Georgia State and San Jose State. The game featured a bounty of big plays on special teams, which was only appropriate on a night dedicated to raising money for a special cause.

During the game, a spotlight was shined on the fight against breast cancer with survivors of the disease and family members included in pregame and halftime ceremonies.

In addition, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson and his wife Alice, who is a breast cancer survivor, presented a check for $1 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The Orlando Sports Foundation, led by executive director Alan Gooch and president Megan Dowdy, also presented a check to Myra Bibblowit, CEO of the BCRF and Dr. Annette Khaled of the UCF College of Medicine, for $150,000, which was the largest single donation ever made by a bowl game to a charitable cause.

Following the fifth installment of the Cure Bowl in 2019, Orlando Sports Foundation has donated over $3.8 million. BCRF has also awarded local researcher Dr. Khaled over $1.1 million in funding grants.

Unfortunately, Laura Goldstein will not be able to experience the bowl game that she helped inspire. She lost her long and hard-fought battle with breast cancer on April 20, 2011. Another devastating loss hit close to home when on March 24, 2015, OSF Board CFO Sandi Breitenstein passed away from stage IV liver cancer. Laura, Sandi, and others who will lose their battle against cancer today, tomorrow, and the days to come to continue to motivate OSF to make the Cure Bowl a success.

Bowl Game Results

SBC sun belt conference VS MAC 1946

December 2022

Year Game Date Score Game MVP
2021
December 17

Coastal Carolina 47
NIU 41

Grayson McCall
Coastal Carolina QB

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2020
December 26

Liberty 37
Georgia Southern 34 OT

Malik Willis
Liberty QB

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2019
December 21

Liberty 23
Georgia Southern 16

Jessie Lemonier
Liberty Defensive End

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2018
December 15

Tulane 41
Louisiana 24

Darius Bradwell
Tulane RB

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2017
December 16

Georgia State 27
Western Kentucky 17

Connor Manning
Georgia State QB

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2016
December 17

Arkansas State 31
UCF 13

Kendall Sanders
Arkansas State WR

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2015
December 19

San Jose State 27
Georgia State 16

Kenny Potter
San Jose State QB

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Conference Results

Teams Games Wins Losses Pct
5
7
3
4
0.429
  • Arkansas State 1-0
  • Georgia Southern 0-1
  • Louisiana 0-1
  • Coastal Carolina 1-1
  • Georgia State 1-1
Teams Games Wins Losses Pct
1
1
1
0.000
  • Northern Illinois 0-1
Teams Games Wins Losses Pct
2
2
1
1
0.500
  • UCF 0-1
  • Tulane 1-0
Teams Games Wins Losses Pct
1
1
1
0.000
  • Western Kentucky 0-1
Teams Games Wins Losses Pct
1
2
2
1.000
  • Liberty 2-0
Teams Games Wins Losses Pct
1
1
1
1.000
  • San Jose State 1-0