|Conference tie-ins||The American, SBC|
|The American vs. SBC (December 19, 2015)|
The AutoNation Cure Bowl is an upcoming annual American college football bowl game that will be played in December of each year starting in 2015. The Cure Bowl is so named to promote awareness and research of breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The AutoNation Cure Bowl, which will feature a match-up of teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference, will be played at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Downtown Orlando, Florida; it will be the third annual college bowl game at the Citrus Bowl, joining the Russell Athletic Bowl and the stadium's namesake game. The inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl is scheduled for December 19, 2015. and will be nationaly televised on the CBS Sports Network.
In Fall 2007, college football in Orlando experienced a surge of support thanks to the completion of a new, on-campus stadium at the University of Central Florida. The community enthusiasm inpired a group of Orlando leaders and philanthropists, many of which were UCF alums, to bring a new college bowl game to Orlando and to make it different by directly tying it to a charitable cause.
Among those initial supporters were the founding Board of Directors: John Rhodes, Mack Mclaughlin, Alan Fidelo, Joe Mckinney, Jeff Lagos, Dave Almstead, Joe Hornstein, Megan Dowdy, Scott Rose, Alan Morrison, and Executive Director, Alan Gooch.
As the bowl game committee was being formed, John Rhodes’ sister, Laura Rhodes Goldstein, was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. This unfortunate event inspired the initial board to choose breast cancer research as its charitable funding focus.
Through years of experience working with and supporting college athletics, Florida Citrus Sports and the NCAA College Football Bowl system, this group knew that each college bowl game donated its profits to a charitable cause. However, the general public typically is unaware of which charitable causes are being supported. To separate this bowl from the rest, the founding board wanted the bowl game to be different, to allow the public to support the game as well as a significant cause. To do this it was decided the cause would be incorporated into the game title. As a result, the AutoNation Cure Bowl was born.
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