The American Red Cross has announced today a multi-year extension of their long-time partnership with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl for an additional three years.
The relationship, which began in 2012, enables the Red Cross to serve as the presenting partner of Veterans Village, as part of the bowl’s pre-game fan fest located in Lot 3 at Amon G. Carter Stadium that annually features more than 25 organizations dedicated to supporting armed forces members and their families.
“There is no better organization than the American Red Cross when it comes to providing care and relief for people suffering,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “We are proud to be associated with them for another three years as it will allow our Veterans Village space to continue growing while connecting military non-profit organizations and their services to the people that may need help most”.
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is dedicated to alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies through active volunteers and generous donor support. The organization provides relief and support for those confronted by natural disasters, offers assistance for armed forces members and their families, and conducts training and health certification programs for individuals and companies.
"It is an honor to continue the Red Cross partnership with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl," said Koby Langley, senior vice president of the Service to the Armed Forces division of the American Red Cross. "Our unity of mission to support of the members of the military and veteran communities makes this partnership a valuable tool when providing vital services to those who have and continue to serve our country."
The American Red Cross has assisted an excess of 79,000 military families during 2017 alone. Since 9/11, the organization has reached more than 1 million armed forces members and their families, both within in the United States and abroad.
In the last eight weeks, the American Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has played a pivotal role in assisting in the recovery efforts for those affected by the natural disasters. Particularly, they provided more than 1.3 million overnight stays in emergency shelters and over 6.7 million meals and snacks to people in need with the help of over 16,000 Red Cross workers across eight states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The annual game, played in honor of the Armed Forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. The U.S. Military Academy (2010), the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012, 2015) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013, 2016) have all previously participated in the bowl.
Last year’s game saw the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeat the Navy Midshipmen 48-45, on a field goal as time expired in front of a crowd of 40,542.
The Lockheed Martin 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 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.
The bowl game also created and operates the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. For additional information about the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.