$4,468 Donated to Local Charities Through 1st & Give Flag Football Tournament

SHREVEPORT, La. (May 9, 2022) – The Independence Bowl Foundation hosted the second annual 1st & Give Charity Flag Football Tournament this past Saturday, and the nine-team tournament helped raise a total of $4,468 in donations for nine different 501(c)3 charitable organizations.

Community Support Programs brought home the title for the second consecutive year, and as a result, their organization received $1,668 in donations. Eight other teams competed in the highly competitive tournament – with each team playing on behalf of a different non-profit organization. Each charity was donated $350, which was the entrance fee for each team.

“In just the second year of this event, we are so proud of the progress we have made and more importantly – the impact we have been able to have on different charities throughout the area,” said Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Executive Director Missy Setters. “The tournament grew by two teams this year with players of all different ages and backgrounds from 14-years-old and up, and we were able to give out almost $2,000 more in donations. We believe this event has tremendous potential, and we are excited for it to continue to grow so that we can give even more to local non-profit organizations.”

The nine teams that participated in the tournament and their charities were KTAL News 6 (Gingerbread House), Willis-Knighton Health System (D&D Academic Foundation), Cintas (Christian Services), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Coca-Cola Bottling Company (Roy’s Kids), Community Support Programs, Barksdale Air Force Base (Humane Society of NWLA), the Shreveport Police Department (Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club) and the Tigers (Christ Fit Gym). 


Established in 1976, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl™ is the nation’s 11th-oldest bowl game. The UAB Blazers defeated the No. 13 BYU Cougars 31-28 in the 45th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl on Saturday, December 18, 2021. The Independence Bowl Foundation announced a one-year extension with Radiance Technologies – ensuring they will be the title sponsor through 2025. The bowl’s conference and team agreements, as well as the television agreement, also run through the 2025 season. Army West Point and BYU are slated to matchup against a rotation of the Pac-12 Conference, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA, which will be televised on an ESPN network.

The Independence Bowl Foundation is prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. For more information, visit RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com or follow the bowl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

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