NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2010) – The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl announced today that a $100,000 grant has been awarded to Nashville by NCAA Football.
The grant money, through a request by the Bowl, is being issued in support of Nashville’s rebuilding efforts following the devastating flood in May. Beneficiaries consist of organizations that were damaged as a result of the flood, including Donelson Christian Academy; Antioch Middle School; Mt. Juliet Youth Sports Association; Backfield in Motion; Goodlettsville Youth Football; Hendersonville Civitan Youth Football; Metro Parks; and Old Hickory Youth Football.
“The impact of the May flooding was felt across our entire community,” said Christine Karbowiak, Bowl Chair. “With the help of people from across the state, Nashville has moved quickly toward recovery. And, through this generous grant from NCAA Football, several of our schools, parks and sports associations will be able to restore their youth football programs. For that, we are truly grateful.”
“One of NCAA Football’s core objectives has always been to support and enhance youth football programs nationwide,” said Mark Womack, president, NCAA Football. “We are pleased that we are able to assist the Nashville community and the many youth football programs that were impacted by the horrific floods last spring.”
NCAA Football’s Youth Initiative began in 2007 when the organization made a $750,000 commitment to help rebuild the New Orleans Recreation Department's youth football league following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, NCAA Football committed $1.5 million to develop a program to enhance and promote youth football nationwide. The grant given to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be used to assist in damages, repairs and equipment losses.
“An important part of our city’s recovery from the flood is getting back to the normal activities that filled our everyday lives before this historic disaster. This is especially true for our youth,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Youth sports are a vital part of our community’s life, and the flood brought damage to many fields and facilities that our youth depend on for recreation and fun. The NCAA Football gift will go a long way in restoring these facilities, and I appreciate the leadership of the Nashville Sports Council and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in helping our city receive these funds.”
About the BowlThe Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com. To get up-to-the-minute information, follow the Bowl on Facebook and Twitter.
About NCAA FootballNCAA Football USA, Inc. represents a coalition of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the Football Bowl Association (FBA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) and serves as the collective voice to promote college football. NCAA Football is managed by IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide. Visit www.NCAAFootball.com for more information, and find our Youth Initiative on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ncaafootballyouth.