Northrop Grumman, USO Join Forces with
Re-Branded ‘Military Bowl’ in Washington, D.C.
EagleBank Corp Remains as High Level Partner as Bowl Gains National Prominence
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing its overwhelming desire to continue its support of those Americans who protect our freedom, Northrop Grumman has agreed to become the presenting partner of the previously entitled EagleBank Bowl, while the USO (United Service Organizations) was introduced Tuesday as the bowl’s official charitable partner. The Bowl, now entitled “The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman,” benefitting the USO, is in its third year and will be played Dec. 29, 2010 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. This season, the game is scheduled to feature an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team vs. a Conference USA opponent. The D.C. Bowl Committee and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) made the announcement at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting.
“Since its inception, the mission of our Bowl Committee team is to support the efforts of our servicemen and servicewomen defending our country both at home and abroad, and to enhance our wonderful Washington, D.C. communities,” said bowl chairman Jeffrey S. Fried. “It is an absolute honor to welcome Northrop Grumman as our lead partner working alongside the internationally recognized USO. We believe we are creating a brand that will elevate our mission on a national level through our collective efforts of assisting the USO in its extraordinary initiatives, while creating a material economic impact for Washington, D.C.
“We also want to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to our friends, Ron Paul and Bob Pincus and the EagleBank family, for their critical support as we launched the bowl game in 2008 and continuing through today as our official bank. Without EagleBank’s initial and continued support, we would not have been in this position for success today.”
The DC government has supported this bowl since its launch in 2008, and for its top elected official, the new partnership signifies the bowl game’s continued growth.
“Washington has a proud football heritage and this partnership with Northrop Grumman and the USO represents another fantastic chapter in that history,” said Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “I am also grateful that District sports fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of the men and women who sacrifice so much for us.”
With Army and Navy scheduled to play in the bowl the next two years, the addition of “Military” into the game’s official title resonates with the host city, organizers say. Even in 2010, should neither the ACC nor Conference USA qualify enough bowl-eligible teams to meet its postseason obligations, Army awaits as a possible back-up.
“With new partners such as Northrop Grumman and USO, D.C.’s college football bowl game will continue its rapid development into a proud Washington tradition for many years to come,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of the WCSA. “We are thrilled they are joining our efforts in building this unique community event honoring the nation’s military. The WCSA is proud to continue its support of this showcase of great college football in the nation’s capital.”
Northrop Grumman, which announced earlier this year its plan to relocate its corporate offices from Los Angeles to Falls Church, Va., is a global security company specializing in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services.
“The new Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman benefitting the USO, will support the excellent work of that organization, which does so much for our brave men and women in uniform, and their families,” said Wes Bush, CEO and president, Northrop Grumman Corporation.
The USO, established in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, continues its mission to support the U.S. military. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. It’s most widely known for supporting the troops in the field during times of conflict.
“Northrop Grumman is a tremendous supporter of our nation’s troops and their families,” said USO president Sloan Gibson. “Sponsorship of the Military Bowl, as well as all of Northrop Grumman’s broad support, will enable the USO around the world and especially the USO here in Metropolitan Washington to deliver more programs for troops and their families in the future. I want to thank Northrop Grumman and its employees for their steadfast support and we look forward to working together to salute our men and women in uniform at this special college football experience in the national capital region.”
Organizers capped off the announcement by unveiling a new bowl logo, featuring the dome of the nation’s capitol building prominently, bold text proclaiming “Military Bowl,” and both the Northrop Grumman and USO official marks. The three stars signifies the partnership between Northrop Grumman, USO and the DC government, and also serves as a direct reference to the official flag of the District of Columbia.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 202-785-BOWL. Seats are priced from $90 to $25. Additional information on bowl-week activities can be found on the bowl’s new website, www.MilitaryBowl.org.
2008 – Wake Forest 29, Navy 19
2009 – UCLA 30, Temple 21
Future Scheduled Matchups:
2010 – ACC vs. Conference USA
2011 – ACC vs. Navy
2012 – ACC vs. Army
2013 – ACC vs. Big 12
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About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
The Military Bowl has been held in Washington, D.C.’s historic RFK Stadium since 2008 and for the initial two years was entitled the EagleBank Bowl. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc., the Washington Convention and Sports Authority and title sponsor Northrop Grumman, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefitting the USO. With first rate participants and events, the Military Bowl seeks to generate broad support for the USO, positively impact the regional economy, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation’s capital as a leading college football destination. For more information, please visit www.militarybowl.org.
About the Washington Convention and Sports Authority:
The Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) creates economic and community
benefits for the District through the attraction and promotion of hospitality, athletic, entertainment and cultural events. The Authority owns and manages the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact for the city. The Authority also owns and manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the DC Armory and the surrounding Festival Grounds, and is the owner of Nationals Park. For more information, please visit www.wcsa.com.
About Northrop Grumman:
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide
innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding
and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit
www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
About Eagle Bancorp, Inc. and EagleBank:
Eagle Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for EagleBank, which commenced operations in 1998. The Bank is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and conducts full service banking services through fourteen offices, located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The Company focuses on building relationships with businesses, professionals and individuals in its marketplace.
About the USO:
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at thousands of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen.
As the local chartered USO center, the USO of Metropolitan Washington is dedicated to serving those who serve, and their families in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package.
The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our
volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is
supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing
Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture, Lockheed
Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest
Healthcare Alliance. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign
(CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit