February 21, 2019Press Release
ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL SETS RECORD DONATION TO DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2019
HOUSTON – The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl presented a check for $200,000 to DePelchin Children’s Center earlier today, setting a record single-year donation to the charity. The donation came from the proceeds of the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.
The Bowl presented the $200,000 check to Jenifer Jarriel, the President and CEO of the DePelchin Children’s Center. The gift was the largest in Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl history and marked the first time that the Bowl contributed $200,000 or more to DePelchin. Additionally, the Bowl’s title sponsor, Academy Sports + Outdoors, provided a donation of $10,000 in games and equipment for use at DePelchin facilities for families served by the organization.
“We are thrilled to present DePelchin Children’s Center with the largest single-year donation since our alignment in 2006,” Chairman of the Texas Bowl June Deadrick said. “The relationship between the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl and DePelchin is extremely important to our volunteers, staff and board members and we are honored to provide a significant financial contribution to the charity each year.”
DePelchin Children’s Center was named as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary in 2006. In its 13th year in 2018, the Bowl surpassed $1.6 million in total donations to DePelchin and has generated millions of dollars in promotional support and publicity to date.
“We are incredibly thankful for this record breaking $200,000 donation from the Texas Bowl to DePelchin,” DePelchin President and CEO Jenifer Jarriel said. “Not only does this donation provide much needed financial support, but this partnership provides our families with experiences throughout the year that will last a lifetime.”
Founded in 1892 by Kezia Payne DePelchin, DePelchin Children’s Center is an accredited foster care and adoption agency serving the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and working to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. DePelchin’s approach to caring for kids integrates at-risk prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.
The agency was originally founded as an orphanage and has grown and changed over its 125-year history to continue to meet the needs of the Houston community. Today, DePelchin Children’s Center offers support for children and families throughout the Greater Houston area and across Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Brownwood and Lubbock.
The 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl matched Baylor University and Vanderbilt University in the fifth year of the Bowl’s partnership with the Big 12 and the SEC. The Bears defeated the Commodores 45-38 in what was the 13th installment of the Bowl game.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.
Allie LeClair, (832) 919-0655
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences, for the next two years. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game has ranked fourth in attendance since 2014 behind only the Rose, Cotton and Peach Bowls in that time. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, more than $1.6 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity