Independence Bowl’s 1st & Give Charity Flag Football Tournament Raises Nearly $4,000 for Local Non-Profits


SHREVEPORT, La. (May 8, 2022) – The Independence Bowl Foundation hosted its annual 1st & Give Charity Flag Football Tournament on Saturday, May 6 at Independence Stadium, raising money for five local non-profit organizations.

The tournament raised $3,800 for five local non-profit organizations – including Gingerbread House, Community Support Programs, Camp Rainman of Northwest Louisiana, Christ Fit Gym and Arc Caddo-Bossier. Teams were formed by local businesses and organizations – including Firetech Systems, KSLA News 12 and Barksdale Air Force Base.

Each team playing in the tournament designated a non-profit that they would be competing on behalf of to raise money for that organization. The $350 registration fee for each team was donated directly to their charity, and an additional $1,000 was donated to the winning team’s charity. For the third consecutive year, Community Support Programs took home first place and the grand prize — with $1,350 donated to Community Support Programs.

In the tournament’s first three years, over $10,000 has been raised for various charities in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. 


For the 12th time, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will host their annual free Youth Football Clinic – hitting the new turf at Independence Stadium on Saturday, June 3 from 8-11 a.m. It is a free, non-contact clinic that offers instruction from local and regional college coaches. Schools that provided coaches for the 2022 clinic included Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Centenary and Southern University-Shreveport. Boys and girls from ages five through incoming eighth graders are invited to participate in the free clinic.

Parents can register their children in advance of the 2023 clinic at Spots are limited to 400 participants, so pre-registering before the clinic is encouraged. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and lunch following the conclusion of the clinic. Check-in for pre-registered participants and registration, if space is available on the morning of the event, will begin at 7 a.m. at the southwest entrance of Independence Stadium. The clinic will run from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.

The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Youth Football Clinic is proud to return for its 12th year. It is made possible by the numerous community partners – Willis-Knighton Health System, Sports World, Little Works in Progress and D1 Training Shreveport.


Established in 1976, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl™ is college football’s 11th most-historic bowl game – celebrating its 47th edition in 2023. The Houston Cougars defeated the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 23-16 in the 46th playing of the bowl in 2022. 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, team, and television agreements also run through the 2025 season. Army West Point and BYU are slated to match up 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 or follow the bowl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

Independence Bowl Foundation

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