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Teams Announced for WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational

The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the teams coming to El Paso for the 56th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, which will be held in the Don Haskins Center, Thursday and Friday, December 21-22.

“This tournament has become a tradition and the history of teams and players that have come through El Paso is tremendous,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “Our basketball committee, which is led by Barry Kobren, continues to seek out and work towards bringing quality teams to the Haskins Center and El Paso.”

The four-team tournament includes North Carolina-Wilmington, North Dakota State, Howard University and UTEP. This marks the first appearance for UNCW and Howard, the second showing for NDSU and of course the Miners have played in every tournament.

“We are thrilled about this year’s field.  We are hoping to continue our plan of bringing in the best teams we can find,” Sun Bowl basketball committee chairman Barry Kobren said.  “Two of our teams from last year went on to win their conferences and play in the NIT.  We think we will see that same success again this year.”

Akron won the 2016 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational by defeating UC-Irvine in game one and beating Maryland Eastern Shore in the title game.

Akron went on to win the MAC regular season title and made it to the second round of the NIT, while UC-Irvine won the Big West Conference regular season title and also made it to the second round of the NIT.

180+ Soccer Teams Set to Play in Annual Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament

The Sun Bowl Association reached its max capacity for the number of youth soccer teams participating in the 2017 annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament.

After receiving a large number of sign-ups, the association had to create a limit after more teams signed up than anticipated. There are more than 180 teams signed up to compete.

“Teams and the community appreciate this tournament,” said Joe Daubach, the Special Events Director for the Sun Bowl Association. “It’s exciting to challenge all of our volunteers able to take this tournament to the next level year after year. We strive to promote El Paso, while encouraging visitors to stay in stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants. Teams leave with a great outlook about El Paso.”

Sun Bowl Association International Soccer Tournament at the Westside Soccer Complex,Saturday, June 4, 2016, in El Paso. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Sun Bowl Association
Sun Bowl Association International Soccer Tournament at the Westside Soccer Complex,Saturday, June 4, 2016, in El Paso. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Sun Bowl Association

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament brings together soccer teams from El Paso and surrounding areas to compete together in friendly competition. The Tournament is open to boys and girls that range from U6 to U19.

“Our job is to put on quality events for the city, and this is just another of the many events the Association puts on for the community,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “We are a non-profit organization and we’re not in this to really make money, but to put on a great event for the community. Our goal is to make each event better and better and this tournament has grown from humble beginnings of 48 teams to the present number of over 180 teams. We strive to improve it and hope to see it grow even more.”

The Sun Bowl Association is committed to display the way and quality of life in the southwest through various events throughout the year, such as the Sun Bowl game, The Helen of Troy Sun Court Charm Camp, and the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament.

For more information on the 2017 Annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, please contact the Sun Bowl Association at 915-533-4416.

The first and best opportunity for team check-in will be Sunday, June, 4 from 12-4 p.m. (MT) at Academy Sports + Outdoors, located at 801 South Mesa Drive.


Sun Bowl Association Announces Date, Time of 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas confirmed the date and start time for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, which is set for Friday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET).

The game will feature a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) taking on a team from the Pac-12 Conference and will be televised on CBS for the 50th consecutive year.

“All games played here are special but this one has a little extra prestige as it marks a 50-year tradition of being televised on CBS,” Olivas said. “The game this year starts at 1 p.m. local time as CBS has elected to have the game start immediately after the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game.”

The Sun Bowl’s contract with CBS Sports is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network, spanning since 1968 and running through at least 2019. It is one of only two college football games on CBS that does not involve the Southeastern Conference (the other being the Army–Navy Game). Although every other year, CBS broadcasts the Notre Dame–Navy game when the latter is playing as the home team.

Another unique trait the Hyundai Sun Bowl carries is that as of 2015, the game is one of only three bowls that is not being carried by the ESPN family of networks.

There has been a long list of broadcasters that have made it to El Paso including broadcast legends such as Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz and Brad Nessler.

Others to join the broadcast team over the years include Michele Tofoya, Doug Flutie, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fouts, Andre Ware and Steve Beuerlein just to name a few.

“We believe that the history of our bowl game is great,” Olivas said. “Just look at the list of teams that have been here, the list of great players that have been on the field and the list of amazing broadcasters we’ve been graced with in the broadcast booth.”

The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl resulted in North Carolina falling just short of a comeback to Stanford 25-23 in front of 42,166 loud and boisterous fans.

On October 18, 1934, at a meeting of the El Paso Kiwanis Club, Dr. Brice Schuller suggested that the club sponsor a football game on New Year’s Day matching an El Paso High School All-Star Team against a worthy opponent.  The motion was passed unanimously.

It was decided to ask for public suggestions as to the name of this annual game, and the name “Sun Bowl” was submitted by Dr. C. M. Hendricks, who became the first Sun Bowl Association President.

The Sun Bowl football game was first played on January 1, 1935, as a fund-raising event for a local service club, to benefit underprivileged children and to finance improvement to the El Paso High School Stadium.  It has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction.

The following year a week-long schedule of events was added to the Sun Bowl festivities, and four other local service clubs (Rotary, Lions, Optimist and Active 20-30) joined the Kiwanis in coordinating the entire “Sun Carnival” calendar.

In 1936, New Mexico State and Hardin-Simmons Universities were invited to play, and the Sun Bowl has been a college game ever since.

For more information about the Hyundai Sun Bowl and all the events supported by the Sun Bowl Association visit the website at while also following on Social Media platforms such as Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter and Instagram (@HyundaiSunBowl).

WestStar Bank Returns as Title Sponsor for Annual Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational

The Sun Bowl Association announced the extension of its partnership with WestStar Bank as the title sponsor for the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational through 2019.  WestStar Bank originally signed on as the title sponsor in 2009.

“The Sun Bowl Association has built a family of successful and popular events and we’re excited to continue as the title sponsor of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational,” said L. Frederick “Rick” Francis, WestStar Bank Chairman and CEO. “We’re committed to being associated with many of El Paso’s traditions that have become a part of the fabric of our region. For many, this tournament is that – a holiday tradition – and we’re happy to be able to connect with our local community in this way.”

WestStar Bank and its employees are very involved with and in the community. Employees of WestStar Bank serve on over 95 boards and committees of nonprofit and civic organizations.

“We cannot produce events like the basketball tournament, which has been running since 1961, without great sponsors like WestStar Bank,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.  “We are extremely grateful for WestStar Bank and everything they have done for the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso.  Tournament Chairman Barry Kobren does an amazing job putting everything together and every team that visits El Paso leaves with great memories.”

The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament. This year marks the 56th edition of the event that began in 1961, when legendary head coach Don Haskins was in his first year as the head coach at UTEP, then known as Texas Western.

Haskins amassed 719 career wins as the head coach of the Miners for 38 seasons. He led the Miners to the 1966 NCAA title, won seven Western Athletic Conference championships, four WAC tournament titles, had fourteen NCAA tournament berths and made seven trips to the NIT. Haskins engineered 17 20-plus win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972. He led the Miners to 23 tournament titles in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Haskins was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach. The 1966 team was named in its entirety to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sun Bowl Association Elects Steve Beltran as 2016-17 Board President

The Sun Bowl Association has elected Steve Beltran as President for the 2016-17.  Beltran, along with the 2016 Board of Directors and Advisors, will be officially introduced April 28at the El Paso Convention Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. (MT).

Beltran is Principal, President and Chief Operating Officer of TVO Management Services, overseeing TVO’s entire portfolio of owned and fee managed properties. He has served as the Chief Acquisition Officer, which included market assessment, property identification, and purchase contract negotiation as well as due diligence coordination, financial review, and oversight of the closing process.

This experience has led to his leadership role in the company’s property operations, which includes all facets of property and asset management, overseeing lease-up strategies, maximizing revenues and cost efficiencies, and positioning properties for sale. His experience includes Multifamily, Retail, Office, Hospitality, Industrial and Facilities Management.

Beltran, who joined TVO in 1992, is a lifelong El Pasoan. After graduating from Coronado High School in 1987 he received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science in 1992 from Texas Christian University. He is a member of several national and regional professional and civic organizations including the National Multi-Housing Council, TransUnion Multifamily Advisory Board and the National Water & Power Advisory Committee.

He has served as President of The El Paso Country Club and as a member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Hospice of El Paso Board of Directors, UTEP Golf Century Club and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Beltran has been heavily involved with the Sun Bowl Association since he started to serve on the Board of Advisors in 2008-09 and was selected to join the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors in 2010. He was the Board Treasurer from 2010-13.

He was a player host from 2013-15 for the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Beltran was also a member of the Sun Bowl Association Football Selection Committee in 2014 and 2015 while also helping with the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Mr. Beltran and his wife, Neisha have been married for 19 years and have 12-year-old twin boys, Cayle and Cullen.

“The Sun Bowl Association does such a tremendous job of attracting community volunteers for each of the events administered by the organization,” Beltran said.

“As President, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Sun Bowl Association staff and all of the aforementioned incredible volunteers that make the effort and take the time out of their busy work and family schedules to ensure that each event tied to the Sun Bowl is special and continues to instill a sense of pride within the El Paso community. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Neisha, my sons, Cayle and Cullen and the rest of my family for their support as I strive to augment the great work done by this organization.”

Joining the 83rd president of the association on the board of directors are Bill Coon (President Elect), Scott Mann (Executive Vice President), Marilyn Munden (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Natalia Flores (Secretary), John Aranda (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Bryan Crowe (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), Tamara Gladkowski (VP Volunteers), Linda Smith (Coronation), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (Special Events Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Allen Rystad (Provisions), Michelle Kaip (member), Michael Guerra (member), Mary Kipp (member), Andre Miranda (member), Victor Rueda (member), James O. Stewart III (member), Victor Salazar (member), Stuart Silva (member), Ernest Eisenberg (member), Travis Hughes (member) and Alice Chavez (member.)

The 2016 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of Joanna Alferez, Amen Ayoub, Frank Bates, Ruben Batista, Liz Belgarde, Gil Blancas, Walker Crowson, Edward Davis, Richard Dayoub, Celia Dubrule, Linda East, Veronica Escobar, David Forti, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Lewis, Richard Limas, David Lindhuber, David Morales, Leila Melendez, David Morales, Chris Mott, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jimmy Rogers III, Mike Rogers, Jeff Stevens, Bob Stull, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Pat Valdez-Rios, Joe Valenzuela, Charles Vass and Mario Vega.


Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman

Bernie Olivas, who has overseen the unprecedented growth and development of the Hyundai Sun Bowl since 2001, will take over as Football Bowl Association chairman this coming July 1. The announcement was made by FBA Executive Director Wright Waters.

“Bernie has been an integral member of the FBA’s executive committee,” Waters said. “That role has prepared him well in terms of this appointment, and I greatly anticipate working with Bernie and the committee to further the FBA’s work on behalf of the bowls and the student-athletes who play in them.”

Coach Frank Beamer with Bernie Olivas _ 4_15_16
Coach Frank Beamer with Bernie Olivas

A native El Pasoan, Olivas oversees 20 different special events in and around the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which matches teams from the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Those include the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational college basketball tournament and the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta.

“I am extremely humbled to be the chairman for the Football Bowl Association and I hope to continue the work that the previous chairmen have begun,” Olivas said. “I look forward to working with FBA Executive Director Wright Waters and all the member of the FBA. I’ve seen this association grow immensely over the years and it is great to bea part of an organization that is working hard to make the bowl experience better for everyone involved, especially for the student-athletes.”

IMG_0344The annual Hyundai Sun Bowl produces the largest economic impact in El Paso for a single event in the city. The Sun Bowl has also been aligned with CBS Sports since 1968, the longest running association between a bowl game and network in history.

Olivas was a Sun Bowl volunteer for more than 20 years. His involvement began when he joined one of the team host committees; he was named to the game’s board of directors in 1992 and continues to serve on the team selection committee.

Prior to joining the Sun Bowl Association fulltime, Olivas had a 13-year career with Merck Pharmaceutical Company.

The 2016-17 FBA Executive Committee includes Olivas as Chairman; Kevin McDonald [Famous Idaho Potato Bowl] as Vice Chair; Bill Flinn [Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual] as Treasurer; and David Fletcher [AdvoCareV100 Texas Bowl] as Secretary.

Past chairs serving on the Executive Committee are Paul Hoolahan [Allstate Sugar Bowl], Eric Poms [Capital One Orange Bowl], Steve Hogan [Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl/Russell Athletic Bowl] and Scott Ramsey [Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

As an at-large member, Olivas has added Pete Derzis [ESPN].

Olivas takes the reins from 2015-16 chairman Bruce Binkowski, recently-retired from service with the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls. “I am extremely grateful for all the hard work Bruce put in on behalf of the FBA,” Waters said. “We will continue to call upon his expertise in the future.”

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports+Outdoors International Soccer Tournament

The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to put on the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, June 3-5 at the Westside Sports Complex on 201 Isela Rubalcava.

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament plays host to over 150 teams from the Southwest and Mexico, making it one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country. Boys’ and girls’ teams consisting of specified age groups participate in the tournament every year.

Soccer Social Media _4_1This summer marks the tournament’s 17th year, as thousands of players take to the pitch to play the world’s most popular sport under the bright West Texas sun. The tournament has grown into the premier youth soccer tournament in the region and will continue to be for years to come.

“This tournament is one of the biggest events the Sun Bowl Association puts on and it is always great to see the community come together for the youth,” Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach said.

Teams can sign-up on the Internet at and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the early bird special fee that must be paid on or before May 12.

The information on rules, roster information and a map for the Westside Sports Complex is also available at

The tournament is sanctioned by STYSA (South Texas Youth Soccer Association).

This is an unrestricted tournament that is open to all Federation affiliated participants with youth non-competitive and competitive teams.  Categories are: non-competitive coed U6 & U8; non-competitive & competitive coed U9: non-competitive & competitive boys & girls U10; competitive boys U11 – U19, competitive girls U12, U14 & U19. If there are not enough teams to field a complete bracket in a specific age category, teams will be moved up to the next highest age category.

Legend of the Sun Bowl Announced: Former Texas Western player joins historic group

The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai have announced Don Maynard as the 2015 Legend of the Sun Bowl for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl, Wednesday, December 2nd.

Maynard, a 1987 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1957 Sun Bowl game participant, will be inducted during pregame festivities of the 82nd Hyundai Sun Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon.

“It’s great to see someone who is in the Football Hall of Fame and someone that played for our local university being honored as a Legend,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas.  “Some can argue that Maynard’s amazing football career really started to take off here in El Paso. What an honor to have him join the rest of the Sun Bowl Legends.”

don_maynard_artistic (1)Maynard played one season at Rice and three at Texas Western (UTEP) before being selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the New York Giants. After one season with the Giants and a one-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Maynard became the first player to sign with the New York Titans (New York Jets) in 1960, where he garnered most of his career success.

Maynard finished his NFL career with 633 receptions, 11,834 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns, while being named a four-time AFL All-Star selection (1965, 1967, 1968, 1969).

Maynard also participated in one of the most memorable moments in football history. In 1969, he was a key figure of the New York Jets’ team that defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Maynard caught the game-winning pass that sealed one of sport’s biggest upsets, as the AFL Jets defeated the NFL Colts, 16-7.

In the 1957 Sun Bowl, Maynard helped the Miners to a 13-0 shutout victory over the George Washington Colonials at Kidd Field in El Paso.

As a member of the Texas Western (UTEP) football team, Maynard was a dual-threat offensive player who amassed 2,283 all-purpose yards, 843 rushing yards and 525 kick return yards for the Miners.

Maynard is the 31st member of the elite fraternity of the Legends of the Sun Bowl that includes Cornelius Bennett, Tom Brookshier, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Tony Dorsett, John H. Folmer, Tony Franklin, Hayden Fry, Ken Heineman, Priest Holmes, Don James, Major Harris, Charley Johnson, Harrison Kohl, Verne Lundquist, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Gerald J. Rubin, Craig Silver, Bill Stevens, Pat Summerall, Barry Switzer, Grant Teaff, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Pat Tillman, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Whittenton, Blake Brockermeyer and most recently Mike Price.

Tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) or online Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (@hyundaisunbowl), Instagram (@hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

Author: Sun Bowl Association

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