SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK… The Allegiance Bowl Committee Inc. recently presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Saratoga Springs Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading programs representing the proceeds from the seventh annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl featuring sprint football teams from Army and Navy.
“We are extremely pleased that the community turned out to support this charity event and its beneficiary, Saratoga Springs Pop Warner football and cheerleading,” said Scott Perkins, Allegiance Bowl Committee Chair. “The proceeds from the event will assist the Saratoga Springs Pop Warner programs in their mission to offer children the opportunity to participate in one of the nation’s most popular youth sports while developing character and confidence through team play,” he said.
The Allegiance Bowl is made possible by the continuous support of the organizing committee and its primary sponsors: The Adirondack Trust Company, The Saratogian, Star Radio 101.3 and Time Warner Cable – Your News Now. The game took place at the Saratoga Springs High School football field with Apollo 11 astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, pilot of the first manned mission to the Moon, serving as honorary chair. Dr. Aldrin presented an American Flag which had flown over the U.S. Capitol and was brought to the game via the Saratoga Skydivers parachute team. He also officiated the ceremonial pre-game coin toss. To date, the Allegiance Bowl has raised over $60,000 for youth athletic programs in the greater Saratoga Springs area.
Sprint football is regulation, varsity-level tackle football with one exception; no player may weigh more than 172 pounds three days prior to game day. The sport is known for its quick, explosive play where there is an emphasis on athleticism and play execution rather than on player size. Teams competing in the Collegiate Sprint Football League include Cornell, Mansfield University, Penn, Post University, Franklin Pierce University, Princeton, Army, and Navy.
For more information, visit the bowl game’s web site at www.allegiancebowl.com
PHOTO: Back Row (left to right): Robert Ward, Laurie Coppol, Joe Lucas, Dave Karcher, Scott Perkins, Matthew Riker, Lisa Karcher, Julie Briscoe, Margaret Noel, Adam Hills
Front Row: Nick Coppola, Joe Coppola, Everett Norris, Mike Coppola, Kristiana Briscoe.