Bowl Game Announces Partnership with Bullard Family Foundation


TAMPA, Fla. (October 17, 2018) – The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl announced today it has selected WWE superstar Titus O’Neil (Thaddeus Bullard) to serve as its Chairman of the Bowl Executive Committee. In addition, the bowl is partnering with the Bullard Family Foundation and its Joy of Giving program to work together on community initiatives in the Tampa Bay area.


Bullard, who resides in Tampa, is graduate of the University of Florida where he played for head coach Steve Spurrier from 1996-2000.  He established the Bullard Family Foundation to provide families and children everywhere with moments, programs, and resources to help build character and improve outcomes.


The Bullard Family Foundation’s Joy of Giving initiative is teaming with the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl to give the gift of football for the holiday season. The goal for this year is to secure sponsors for 10,000 underserved children and their families to attend this year’s bowl game and to have the opportunity to choose a new, unwrapped gift for the holidays.


“Thaddeus is such a great fit for our Executive Committee’s Chairman role,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. “He will greatly enhance our ongoing mission in making a positive impact in the Tampa Bay community with his Joy of Giving program and our other events including our work with Feeding America and visits to Children’s Hospitals.  In addition, his experiences as a player in bowl games at the University of Florida will provide us with another resource with great insight into how we can continue to look to improve the players experience during bowl week.”


“I’m honored to serve as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in its inaugural year being played at Raymond James Stadium,” said Bullard. “We look forward to growing the game and the experience surrounding it in a first class manor that connects the Tampa Bay community through football and philanthropy “.


The 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl game will be played on Thursday, Dec. 20,at 8:00 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.  The conference tie-ins for this year are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference. Tickets to the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl game will go on sale in November.  To inquire about  group tickets and suite packages, please call the bowl office at 727.290.9865.


For more information on how you can contribute to the Joy of Giving campaign, please go to www.GasparillaBowl.com.


Twitter: @GasparillaBowl

Hashtag: #InvadeTheBay

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