Kid Combine takes aspects of the NFL Combine and allows kids to participate in similar events. The youth, ranging from ages five to 13, compete in four drills – The 40, The Shuttle, The Throw and The Tackling Bags. The top performers from the competition at Crawfest will have the opportunity to compete in their prospective drill on the Independence Stadium field at the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.
Kickoff K’s 5k & Half Marathon
Saturday, May 15, 2021
The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Kickoff K’s 5K & Half Marathon was back for the first time since 2019 on May 15. The race featured just under 200 total runners between the two races and handed out cash prizes of up to $1,000 for overall and age group winners. The two races featured runners ranging from early teens to over 75-years-old. Orangetheory Fitness was the presenting sponsor of the events, and the race was administered by Sportspectrum.
Youth FOOTBALL Clinic
Saturday, June 5, 2021
The 10th Annual Independence Bowl Youth Football Clinic was June 5th from 8-11 a.m. The annual clinic is free to kids from 5-years-old to incoming 8th graders. All participants received a free meal and t-shirt at the conclusion of the event.
Participants got a chance to receive instruction and life lessons from former NFL players Andrew Givens and Lifford Hobley, as well as coaches from the FCS National Champions Sam Houston State, Northwestern State and Southern-Shreveport.
USTA Junior Tennis Classic
The Independence Bowl Junior Tennis Classic USTA Southern Level 2 was back for the third straight year at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club in 2019, but was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19. The tournament, which was back in Shreveport for the first time since the early 1980’s in 2018, brings hundreds of junior tennis players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to the Shreveport-Bossier City area. The groups included are girls and boys 12’s through 18’s, and the tournament has featured 37 competitors from the Shreveport-Bossier City area the last two years of the tournament in 2018 and 2019.
Players and coaches from both teams get involved in the community during bowl week. An annual highlight for the players, they visit with the children of Providence House and residents of Holy Angels, tour Barksdale Air Force Base and visit with active members of the military, help bag food at the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, and build beds with Sleep in Heavenly Peace for low income families.
Independence Bowl Foundation
P.O Box 1723, Shreveport LA 71166 | 401 Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 | 318.221.0712