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Sponsorship

Membership

Executive Committee

Staff

Board of Directors

Foundation Events

Community Events

Sponsorship

Independence Bowl Foundation

The Independence Bowl Foundation is an organization consisting of a number of volunteer committees, which carry out all of it’s functions, drawing upon its more than 475 members.

The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. The Independence Bowl will enhance economic impact and growth in our communities through an alliance of volunteer, individual, and corporate support along with government and educational participation, while providing a safe, educational, unique experience for the student athletes participating in the game.

Each year, a newly appointed Bowl Chairman and Vice-Chairman, along with the Executive Director and her staff, oversee the various committees, working closely with each committee chairperson to see that this 43-year-old bowl is a success.

Memberships are open to anyone and start as low as $100.

Conference Tie-Ins

In the summer of 2012, Independence Bowl officials announced a renewed partnership with the SEC, matching up the 10th pick of the SEC with the 7th pick from the ACC in 2012 and 2013. The Independence Bowl extended it’s primary partnerships with the SEC and ACC through the 2019 season, and also signed secondary agreements with Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference through 2019.

Title Sponsor

On October 4th, 2017, Independence Bowl Foundation officials announced Walk-On’s Bistreaux Bar as the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl.

Based in Baton Rouge, Walk-On’s is renowned for its signature menu featuring a taste of Louisiana served up in a game-day atmosphere by an all-American team, who make sure every guest feels welcome.

“It’s a great opportunity for the Independence Bowl to partner with a growing Louisiana company in Walk-On’s,” 2017 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl chairman Darin Seal said. “We’re excited about the potential avenues of activation for this partnership, and how the Independence Bowl and Walk-On’s can grow together.”

Leadership

The leadership of the Independence Bowl Foundation is comprised of an Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and several committees with key functions.

The Board of Directors is made up of 50 term-members, and more than 35 Life Directors, serving in positions of leadership such as public and private events, hospitality, game day management, and external affairs. Directors serve on one, two and three-year terms and are elected as members of the Independence Bowl Foundation by their peers.

The 13-member Executive Committee includes the leadership team of future chairs, elected officers and term members, and the bowl’s Executive Director. Each year the Chairman serves as the leadership figure for the Independence Bowl, serving a one-year term. Prior to their year of leadership, Chair candidates must serve as 2nd Vice Chair, 1st Vice Chair, and Vice Chair. 

Members of the Board of Directors serving the bowl for 15 cumulative years and 5 years on the Board of Directors, or 10 cumulative years and served as  bowl chair may be nominated to become Life Directors. 

Community

The Independence Bowl is now over four decades strong and the Independence Bowl Foundation and the community of Northwest Louisiana are two of the reasons for that successful endurance.

Outside of bowl week festivities, the Independence Bowl oversees a number of events and charitable programs that endeavor to enrich the community and region. 

The Independence Bowl strives to encourage a strong tourism industry, enhance community development, invest in future leaders, and strengthen economic impact. Over 25 yearly events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities fill out the annual calendar allowing members and leadership to invest their time, money, and energy back into our community.

For more information about the Independence Bowl Foundation call 318-221-0712 or toll free 888-414-BOWL.

Independence Bowl Foundation

P.O Box 1723, Shreveport LA 71166  |  401 Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71101  |  318.221.0712