WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and five-star sponsor 3M have teamed up to create the 3M Play to Win Award to honor one of the region’s deserving student-athletes.

Coaches, parents, guardians, friends and others can nominate students in fifth through eighth grades for the award at The Military Bowl and 3M are looking for student-athletes who have some or all of these qualities:

  • Passionate about football and displays team spirit
  • Has demonstrated the abilities to innovate, take initiative and overcome challenges and/or dealt with adversity
  • Has a parent who serves or has served in the military
  • Lives in the greater Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area

“It’s a privilege for 3M to sponsor the 3M Play to Win Award as a tribute to today’s young student-athletes and future leaders,” said Skip Driessen, marketing operations manager, 3M Government Markets. “We take pride in the community and being a partner with the long-standing tradition of the Military Bowl that exemplifies the importance of supporting our military families.”

The Military Bowl and 3M will choose one nominee monthly during the football season to receive a pair of complimentary game tickets to the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. In December, one nominee will be selected as the 3M Play to Win Award winner and will receive a prize package.

“This is a unique opportunity to be able to honor one of the region’s top young student-athletes,” said Steve Beck, Military Bowl president and executive director. “The Military Bowl, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, and 3M are committed to the National Capital Region and its community and we are proud to partner on this award.”


About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman kicks off for the 10th time on Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, featuring a matchup between representatives from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO and other organizations supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its inception in 2008, the Bowl has donated more than $700,000 to the USO and provided more than 25,000 complimentary tickets for troops and their families. For the latest updates and to keep up to date on when tickets and parking will go on sale, visit, follow @MilitaryBowl on Twitter or like Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Facebook.

About USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Through generous financial and in-kind support from individuals and organizations and the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at area military hospitals, through its Mobile USO, six USO Centers, including two of the largest the Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda, and four USO airport lounges. For more information please visit or “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter by searching USOMetroDC.

About 3M

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