Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) announced today their agreement to a new four-year extension with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The agreement renews AFI’s commitment to sponsor the Great American Patriot Award, the south end zone field goal net and the events pre-game concert through the 2020 season. Additionally, AFI will donate 500 tickets for Armed Forces members and their families to attend the game.
“AFI has become an integral partner of our game and a leader when it comes to serving our Armed Forces,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “Their commitment for another four years strengthens our shared mission of honoring armed forces members and their families every year.”
AFI is the insurance company of choice for current and retired members of the uniformed services, their children and Department of Defense civilians. Founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation, AFI provides premium quality, competitively priced property and casualty insurance. The company also furthers a strong commitment to give back to military and local communities through important programs and sponsorships including the Great American Patriot Award presented at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Award, the Vetrepreneur® of the Year Award, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
In early 2015, AFI established the Armed Forces Insurance Foundation to assist in educating the military community on a wide array of key personal financial topics to help them succeed.
"Armed Forces Insurance is proud to continue our partnership with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and we are excited to celebrate our 10th year of support this year," said Sid Clarke, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Retired), Chairman, Armed Forces Insurance. "Armed Forces Insurance remains committed to serving America's men and women in uniform, as well as our veterans and their families. This event gives us an opportunity to honor a deserving leader with the Great American Patriot Award on behalf of all those who have served.”
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
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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