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Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold holds the Prime Minister’s Trophy as Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu (far left), Bahamas Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Hon. Lanisha Rolle (left), Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson (right) and ESPN sideline reporter Dianna Russini (far right) looks on during the postgame trophy ceremony in Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium after the Bulls beat Charlotte 31-9 in the 2019 Bahamas Bowl (Photo Credit: John Marc Nutt/10th Year Seniors)

The Prime Minister’s Trophy, the symbol of the Bahamas Bowl championship, is presented to the winning team after the bowl each year. It is a unique creation that represents the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in several ways.

Former Bahamas Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, helped present the 2015 championship trophy to Western Michigan, and to honor the country’s highest-elected office, the trophy was renamed The Prime Minister’s Trophy by the bowl in 2016. Mr. Christie handed the newly named trophy to 2016 champion Old Dominion.

Redesigned and manufactured by Levy Recognition of Tampa, Florida, in consultation with the bowl’s staff for the 2018 bowl, the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl championship trophy stands 30 inches tall and weighs nearly 30 pounds.

The trophy has a black acrylic base and a turquoise stand that represents the water. The trophy is mounted with wooden pillars used to support the football at the top of the trophy.

A conch shell, one of the main symbols of the Bahamas, is in the center of the base, and metal laser-cut palm trees adorn both sides of the pillars. Plaques representing the flags of the United States and the Bahamas are also on the base, signifying the relationship between the two countries as part of the longest-running international bowl game in college football history.

The Bahamas Bowl logo is rendered in acrylic and mounted halfway up the trophy’s center.

The bowl also awards distinctive Offensive Player of the Game and Defensive Player of the Game trophies.

The Prime Minister’s Trophy, awarded to the champion of the Bahamas Bowl, is seen on the beaches of the Atlantis Bahamas resort the day before the 2018 game between FIU and Toledo (Photo Credit: Ben Solomon/ESPN Images)