PASADENA – This past Saturday, 40 young men strode onto the storiedRose Bowl field to take part in the “Battle of the Bowl VII,” a unique,flag-football fundraising event that has brought in more than $185,000 sinceits inception in 2004.
This year’s Battle of the Bowl pitted the “Swagger”against the “Class,” with the two teams together raising $25,000 through playerdonations and corporate sponsorships fromNestlé andWorthe Real Estate Group. In the end, the final score was “Swagger” 50 –“Class” 46. The players, ranging in age from 14 to 18, each donated $250 toplay on one of the two, 20-member teams. The teams—which competed fortwo, 45-minute halves—had full use of the Rose Bowl football field and lockerrooms, complete with professional referees.
Under the direction of Brendan Doney of San Marino, a 17-year-oldjunior at Loyola High School, Battle of Bowl featured many teammates from hisLoyola High School football team, plus family and local Pasadena–area communityfriends. After the game, Brendan thanked all the players for their support andparticipation. “What an incredible experience to play on this historicfield, especially under the lights, and with so many friends,” he said,”but what’s really important is that we raised money for kids—many thesame age as us—who face adversity on a daily basis. I really appreciate everyone’sparticipation.”
Brendan Doney then capped off the day by presenting a $12,500 check toHathaway-Sycamores’ executive vice president Rob Myers, “We thank youBrendan and all the players for carrying on the tradition of the Battle of theBowl. You are all leaders on and off the field and the money that you’ve raisedwill help change the lives of the children and teens we serve.” Earlier in theday, Brendan presented a $12,500 check to Darryl Dunn, general manager of theRose Bowl, for the Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign.
To learnmore about the organization go tohttp://www.hathaway-sycamores.org.
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