Giving Back - Charitable Giving

College Football's Most Charitable Bowl Game

The Chick-fil-A Bowl places an emphasis on supporting football and scholarship at all levels by making multiple charitable gifts throughout the year. In 2011, the Chick-fil-A Bowl gave a record $1.33 million in charitable and scholarship donations, marking the fifth consecutive year of surpassing $1 million in giving. Atlanta's Bowl Game has distributed more than $13 million in scholarship and charity since 2002, and is on track for another record year of giving in 2012.

In 2011, the Chick-fil-A Bowl's contributions included:

through the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge
to WinShape Homes through the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge
to WinShape Homes through the Chick-fil-A Bowl
in endowed scholarships at Auburn and Virginia (2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl participants)
to fund the Play It Smart academic mentoring program in Atlanta

to the Bowl's original charity, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

The Chick-fil-A Bowl also operates an endowed scholarship program, with scholarships at 18 universities totaling more than $2 million. Learn more.

10-Year Charitable and Scholarship Contributions (2002-2011)

College Football Hall of Fame $5,000,000
A new state-of-the-art facility located in downtown Atlanta will be the new home of the College Football Hall of Fame. The facility will include an interactive approach to college football’s history. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2014.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf event – $2,549,000
Created in 2007, this premier, made-for-TV golf tournament featured 12 two-man teams of NCAA head coaches and celebrities – representing universities from around the country – competing for a pool of more than $500,000 in scholarship money.

WinShape Homes – $2,187,000
WinShape Homes is a long-term care alternative for children who desperately need a caring home environment. WinShape operates 11 homes; seven in Georgia, two in Tennessee and one each in Alabama and Brazil.

College Scholarships – $1,885,000
Prior to 2006, the Chick-fil-A Bowl contributed scholarship money to the general scholarship funds of the participating universities. Beginning in 2006, the Chick-fil-A Bowl began an endowed scholarship program to create $100,000 scholarships at each of the participating schools.

Play It Smart – $900,000
Beginning in 2007, the Chick-fil-A Bowl partnered with the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame to participate in the Play It Smart program. In 1998, The NFF created Play It Smart, an educational program targeted at high school football players from economically disadvantaged environments. The program, designed to transform student-athletes' passion for sport and intense dedication to their team into a force for greater good in their lives, provides an "Academic Coach" who is equal parts mentor, advocate, counselor, teacher, coach and friend to work with the students for the entire academic year.

Georgia Lion's Lighthouse Foundation – $400,000
An annual contribution program begun in 2006 to help support the Georgia Lion's Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to fostering sight conservation and restoration, and hearing conservation, with a particular emphasis on children. 

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta – $370,000
Proceeds from the Chick-fil-A Bowl's Classic for Kids men's basketball doubleheader have benefited Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which is dedicated to providing sick children with superior medical care.

High School Scholarships – $336,000
Dozens of high school football players and team managers from the state of Georgia receive $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships through an annualized program.

Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund – $100,000
Following the April 16 massacre on the Virginia Tech campus, the Chick-fil-A Bowl donated an additional $100,000 to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to aid relief efforts for the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.

Georgia National Guard – $100,000
The Georgia National Guard received a donation to assist families affected by Georgians involved in the war in Iraq.

Louisiana State Hurricane Student Relief Fund – $100,000
The LSU Foundation has collaborated with entities campus-wide to establish the "Hurricane Katrina Student Relief Fund" to assist LSU students who have lost financial support or have been displaced due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

University Athletic Programs – $93,000
Participating teams in the Russell Athletic Shootout, the Chick-fil-A Bowl's women's college basketball doubleheader, received donations to their university's athletic programs.

Nick's Kids $70,000
In 2011, additional funds from the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge were distributed to Nick Saban’s foundation to aid victims of the Alabama tornadoes

Schools of Niger – $47,000

Through its sponsorship of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Duck N Dodge charity dodgeball tournament, some proceeds of the event go to help fund the building and equipping of schools in the impoverished African nation of Niger

Georgia Baptist Health Care System – $39,000
Proceeds from the ACC/SEC Golf Invitational, a Chick-fil-A Bowl event held each May prior to 2006, benefited the Georgia Baptist Health Care System's Mobile Unit, which travels the state providing health care to disadvantaged communities.

Atlanta Touchdown Club and Atlanta Tipoff Club – $15,000
These two local support organizations each received donations to help support initiatives in the Atlanta area.

New Orleans' Bowls Relief – $10,000
As part of a Football Bowl Association effort, funds were given to help relieve costs associated with hurricane damage to the two New Orleans bowls.

 Corky Kell Classic – $10,000
As a part of its mission to support football at all levels, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has dedicated funds to help grow the Corky Kell Classic's series of high school football games held in the Georgia Dome.

National Kidney Foundation – $10,000
In 2008, the Chick-fil-A Bowl allocated funds to the National Kidney Foundation in honor of former Bowl chairman Chuck Fruit who passed away in 2008. Mr. Fruit had been involved with the organization for many years.

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