Armed Forces Bowl renews charitable partnership with Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) has once again joined forces with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for the 2012 postseason bowl game as one of the bowl’s official charity partners.

“We are very thankful Armed Services YMCA has chosen to continue to work 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 offers no and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 active-duty enlisted military and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates with hands on innovative programming nationwide with the help of 18,000 volunteers. The Armed Services YMCA was rated in the top 3% 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 second straight year. With their considerable help, we will be able to provide 500 troops and families representing all Services from multiple bases around the country the opportunity to attend the 10th 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

The 10th anniversary Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. (CT) at the newly-renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.