The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl’s participating conferences – Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference – have each made donations of $25,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, in addition to a $25,000 donation from a neighboring bowl game in Miami – the Capital One Orange Bowl.
The donations were announced at a press conference in downtown Nassau, and will be sent to the Bahamas Red Cross in support of its effort in the affected areas of the Bahamas to help put lives and communities back together.
The bowl game will air on Friday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. ET and will continue its support of the Bahamas by showing viewers ways in which they can also support the relief efforts.
“Over the last five years, our bowl partners Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference and their student-athletes and staff who have joined us here, have come away from the experience with great memories and an appreciation of what makes The Bahamas so special,” said Richard Giannini, Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl executive director. “With the devastation brought by Hurricane Dorian, both C-USA and the MAC wanted to give back to The Bahamas, and our friends in Miami at the Capital One Orange Bowl also wanted to be part of this joint effort to assist those in need through the Bahamas Red Cross. On behalf of everyone at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, we want to thank all of them for contributing in a significant way.”
“We are honored to support the Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas as the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl and surrounding community have been outstanding hosts to our participating institutions since we joined this game in 2014. Conference USA is devastated by this heartbreaking tragedy and proud to contribute to this wonderful country and the strong spirit of the Bahamian people,” said C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod.
“Through our participation in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, our membership has developed friendships and relationships with many in The Bahamas. The tragedy of Hurricane Dorian left us mourning for the lives lost and the devastation to this beautiful country. The Mid-American Conference is humbly contributing to the Bahamian relief efforts to support and provide assistance to those in need,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher.
“The Capital One Orange Bowl is proud to join our friends from the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference in providing support to the people of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian,” said Orange Bowl Committee President-Elect Jeff Rubin. “The Bahamas is an essential part of our region in many ways, and the Orange Bowl felt compelled to assist in the long-term rebuilding efforts for our neighbors.”
About The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will provide student-athletes, conference partners, alumni, fans and sponsors a first-class international bowl experience while promoting The Bahamas and highlighting the educational and athletic opportunities for the youth of The Islands through college football. The sixth-annual Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, the longest-running international bowl game in college football history, will take place in Nassau, Bahamas on December 20 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium between teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on ESPN.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Frisco, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.