The Cure Bowl is a nationally televised NCAA college football game played at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando on the third Sunday of December. The funds that are raised for the Cure Bowl go to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. The BCRF invests 91 cents of every dollar donated directly into core programs for breast cancer research.
What is The Cure Bowl?
The Cure Bowl is led by the Orlando Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The OSF is dedicated to raising funding and awareness for organizations working to find a cure for cancer. The OSF was founded in May 2008 and has been working on raising funds and awareness for organizations working to find a cure for cancer. The Cure Bowl has been running since 2015, resulting in 5 games and many other fundraising events.
SoftWash Systems decided to partner with The Orlando Sports Foundation and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to help with The Cure Bowl. SoftWash Systems and over 250 of their in-network companies have come together to donate an accumulated $125,567 over the past four years.
On December 21st, 2019 we attended the March 2 Cure pre-game block party, where hundreds of college football fans and breast cancer survivors came together to turn the Church Street Station in Downtown Orlando PINK. The pre-game party had Alumni Events, Vendors, Activities and Games for both children and adults, as well as a special VIP area with food and beverages. At 1:15, the entire block party along with the marching bands came together to march down Church Street to the Exploria Stadium for The Cure Bowl kickoff. The Cure Bowl started at 2:30 when Liberty University went head-to-head with Georgia Southern University for an exciting game.
The energy from the stands was incredible, with cheering fans all coming together to support a great cause. Survivors and donors gathered on field throughout the game to be featured for their efforts in raising money for The Cure Bowl.
15 Seconds of Fame
At the third quarter, it was our time to head down to the field. It was an extraordinary experience to be along side the players, and Board Members President & Chair Scott Rose and Executive Director “Coach” Alan Gooch. We stepped out onto the field to present the check, surrounded by photographers and videographers which displayed live upon the big screen behind us, crowd cheering, it was all a bit surreal. SoftWash Systems, Disruptor Manufacturing, Champion SoftWash & Green Tech SoftWash were able to come together to present a check for $125,567.00 to the Orlando Sports Foundation to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Liberty Flames won the 2019 Cure Bowl, their first bowl victory in school history. They defeated Georgia Southern Eagles 23-16.
“The Cancer Assassian”
Of the total donated at this year’s Cure Bowl, over $1.2 million in grands have been distributed to local Orlando BCRF Researcher “The Cancer Assassin” Dr. Annette Khaled, who received a game ball at halftime. Dr. Annette Khaled is the Head of Division of Cancer Research and tenured Professor at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. Her lab is developing new cancer treatments using cutting-edge nanotechnology and understanding the underlying changes that drive metastasis to discover new molecular targeted agents. Her next steps include putting the therapy into preclinical testing and clinical trials.
Champion SoftWash is looking forward to contributing to this year’s Cure Bowl with SoftWash Systems. We are looking into hosting a charity Disc Golf event in October 2020 at a local Central Florida disc golf course. Stay tuned for more details, we’re excited to do our part in supporting the Orlando Sports Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.