Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], a leading defense and technology company, has agreed to extend their title sponsorship of the Fort Worth-based Armed Forces Bowl for another three years. The defense company has been the title sponsor of the event since the 2014 game and will be on board through at least the 2019 game.
“We are ecstatic to announce that Lockheed Martin has again answered the call to serve as our title sponsor for another three years,” said Brant Ringler, ESPN Executive Director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “Their commitment to our game, the city of Fort Worth and our nation’s military, has allowed us to elevate the event, giving it added national prominence. We look forward to continuing to work with Lockheed Martin to honor our armed forces members through a fantastic football event.”
Lockheed Martin has more than 15,000 employees in North Texas, primarily at its Aeronautics business headquarters in Fort Worth and its Missiles and Fire Control business headquarters in Grand Prairie. Support for military members and veterans is a core component of Lockheed Martin’s philanthropy and volunteerism efforts.
“Our sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl is an exceptional opportunity to show that we stand with the men and women of our military services,” said Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We especially enjoy hosting the thousands of veterans, active-duty service members and reservists who attend the game and its surrounding events.”
The 14th Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Friday, December 23; at 3:30 p.m. CT and is scheduled to feature a representative from the Big 12 Conference against the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility. The game will again air on ESPN. For more information on the bowl, visit www.ArmedForcesBowl.com.
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 (FWAA). 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.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-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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