February 26, 2020Press Release
ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL SETS RECORD DONATION TO DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER
ELECTS PETE DELONGCHAMPS CHAIR OF ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL BOARD
HOUSTON – The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl today announced a record-setting single-year donation to DePelchin Children’s Center for $210,000. The donation comes from the proceeds from the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.
The Bowl presented the check to Jenifer Jarriel, the President and CEO of the DePelchin Children’s Center.
“In 2006, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl adopted DePelchin Children’s Center as its charitable beneficiary,” said Jarriel. “Since then they have donated over $1.8 million dollars in funding and promotional support. Most importantly, they have provided countless smiles on the faces of our children and once in a lifetime experiences for our families, giving them memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to the incredible Board and staff of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl and all of the amazing volunteers who work to make this event a success each year — and to give even more children a chance at a brighter, happier future!”
Helping to continue to foster this relationship with DePelchin will be Pete DeLongchamps, the new chair of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Board. Mr. DeLongchamps currently serves as Senior Vice President for Group1 Automotive.
“I am looking forward to serving as the chair of the Texas Bowl Board. I am honored to continue the great work we have done in the community, specifically with our partner, DePelchin Children’s Center,” DeLongchamps said. “As someone who grew up in Houston, I look forward to promoting this game to the city of Houston.
“Pete has a passion for college sports and with over 35 years of professional experience and involvement in the Houston community, he is obviously a great choice for our board chair,” said David Fletcher, Executive Director of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. “I would like to thank our previous chair, June Deadrick for her service and contributions to the Bowl and its partners.”
DeLongchamps makes it a priority to give back. He serves on the board of Junior Achievement, Houston Christian Preparatory School and is involved with the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Kids Meals, the Houston SPCA and SEARCH Homeless Services.
DePelchin Children’s Center was named as the Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary in 2006. 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 Texas Bowl has donated nearly $2 million in support of these efforts to date.
The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl matched Texas A&M against Oklahoma State in the sixth year of the Bowl’s partnership with the Big 12 and the SEC. The Aggies scored 24 straight points to knock off Oklahoma State, 24-21 in the 14th 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 annually showcases teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game ranked fourth in attendance in 2019 behind only the Rose, Peach and Fiesta and was one of the Top 10 most watched Bowls of the year. 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, nearly $2 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.