Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Continues Charitable Partnership With Armed Services YMCA

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Hundreds of Troops Will Attend This Year's Bowl

“A consistently strong partner of the ASYMCA, Bell’s continued support of American service members and their families definitely helps make military life easier for these young heroes.”

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) continues its partnership with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for the third year in a row! The Armed Services YMCA is one of the 2013 postseason bowl game’s official charity partners.

“We are very thankful Armed Services YMCA has chosen to continue its charitable partnership with us,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “Through their innovative programs, the Armed Services YMCA makes military life easier for young enlisted military and their families.”

The Armed Services YMCA has been providing services to Junior enlisted military personnel and their families for more than 150 years. Impacting over 500,000 families annually, the ASYMCA offers low and no-cost programs to 31 branches and affiliates across the country—with the help of over 13,800 hours provided by community volunteers. The Armed Services YMCA was rated in the top 2% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011. The ASYMCA does not receive government funding, and does not charge dues or membership fees for their programs. Your tax deductible donation (Tax ID #36-3274346) or CFC contribution (CFC # 11085) to the ASYMCA, a top-rated non-profit, will make a significant difference in the lives of young military service members and their families.

“The Armed Services YMCA is proud and extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Bell Helicopter and the Armed Forces Bowl for the third straight year. With their considerable help, we will be able to provide more than 500 troops and families representing all Services from multiple bases around the country the opportunity to attend the 11th Armed Forces Bowl,” said President and CEO of the Armed Services YMCA, Mike Landers. “A consistently strong partner of the ASYMCA, Bell’s continued support of American service members and their families definitely helps make military life easier for these young heroes.”

Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; the awarding of custom homes to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards the awarding of the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit, or

This year’s 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature a school from the Mountain West versus the U.S. Naval Academy. The game will be played on Dec. 30, 2013 in Fort Worth. ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the game with a 10:45 a.m. (CT) kickoff from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. Tickets are available through

With Navy qualifying for this year’s game, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl became the first bowl game to host all three services academies. The postseason contest has previously hosted MW member U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012) and the U.S. Military Academy (2010). Navy is also set to return to Fort Worth in 2016.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

A subsidiary of ESPN, ERT is also the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national and regional shows for college conferences (American, Big 12, Mid-American, SEC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by PlainsCapital Bank (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl; Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston) and The Home Depot College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (Camp Humphreys, South Korea); Charleston Classic Presented by Gildan (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden & Durham, N.C.); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR); State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago) and DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.)

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