Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (MWBB) executives donated 3,000 bowl tickets to students in New Providence last Friday, in an effort to introduce Bahamian students to the game of American football. Partnering in this venture were the Inter-Scholastic American Football Association and Complete Sports Management. Friday’s presentation took place at the Ministry of Education. MWBB Executive Director Richard Giannini presented the tickets to education minister Jeffrey Lloyd.
Giannini said on behalf of executive management of the Bahamas Bowl, he was pleased to make this kind donation to the youth of The Bahamas. He also wished to thank the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Ministry of Education for its support of this event. He sees the partnership only growing from strength to strength in the future.
Minister of Education Lloyd welcomed the Bahamas Bowl executive team to the country and accepted the donated tickets on behalf of the thousands of students in the education system in The Bahamas. He noted that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Inter-Scholastic American Football Association for the introduction of tackle football into schools on a trial basis.
Going forward, it is anticipated that the alliance between the Ministry of Education and the executives of the MWBB would continue to flourish.
The Bahamas Bowl is a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football bowl game which has been played on the capital island of The Bahamas since 2014, its inaugural year. It is the first FBS bowl game to be hosted outside the United States and Canada between two American collegiate teams since 1937. For the past four years, the bowl game has featured teams from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Conference USA.
Since its inception until 2016, the Bahamas Bowl has been sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise. However, this year, Elk-Grove Village, Illinois has assumed that role, and has renamed the event as the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.
Within a span of four years, it is projected that the Bahamas Bowl has pumped over $23,000,000 into the Bahamian economy.