Camp Good Days Courage Bowl IX will be played on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Growney Stadium on the campus of St. John Fisher College, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. The Camp Good Days Courage Bowl is the annual football game featuring the St. John Fisher College Cardinals to benefit the children and families served by Camp Good Days.
Courage Bowl IX will be the first Courage Bowl to take place in November and will have major playoff implications for Fisher and their Empire 8 Conference rivals ó the Alfred University Saxons. Courage Bowl IX will be the first game of the Courage Bowl series not featuring the University of Rochester. The Cardinals will face The College at Brockport Golden Eagles in future Courage Bowl games, when they join the Empire 8 Conference in 2014.
For this showdown between the Cardinals and Saxons, the Courage Bowl will return to the campus of St. John Fisher College, where the first Courage Bowl game was played in September 2005. The Courage Bowl was played on alternating campuses between St. John Fisher and University of Rochester, at Growney Stadium and Fauver Stadium from 2005 through 2009. The Courage Bowl moved downtown to Sahlenís Stadium for the 2010 and 2011 games. Next year, it will shift to the campus of SUNY Brockport for Courage Bowl X and will alternate in the coming years between SUNY Brockport and St. John Fisher College.
As has been done with all previous Courage Bowl games, Camp Good Days will select boys, all of whom are campers in Camp Good Daysí programs and are dealing with cancer, to serve as Honorary Coaches with each team. The Honorary Coaches will attend a practice with their team the week of the game, will meet their team for pre-game preparations, be in the locker room with their team, lead their team on to the field, be at midfield for the coin toss, and coach from the sidelines during the game.
Camp Good Days will select girls, also campers who are dealing with cancer, to serve as Honorary Cheerleaders with each squad. The Honorary Cheerleaders will attend practice with the squad, meet the squad for pre-game festivities and cheer with the squad during the game.
The Honorary Coaches and Honorary Cheerleaders will be announced and introduced at the Courage Bowl Community Luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, hosted by St. John Fisher College President, Dr. Donald Bain, at 11:30 a.m. in the Cleary Family Auditorium on the campus of St. John Fisher College.
At the conclusion of the Courage Bowl, the Teddi Trophy, named in memory of Teddi Mervis, Gary Mervisí daughter and the inspiration behind Camp Good Days, will be presented, which will later be inscribed with the date of the game, final score, names of the six Honorary Coaches and the names of one player from each team who displays exceptional leadership and sportsmanship.
As part of Courage Bowl IX, Camp Good Days will present the Fourth Annual Courage Award during the pre-game festivities. The Camp Good Days Courage Award is presented to someone who displays courage, strength and determination in a time of great struggle. The Inaugural Camp Good Daysí Courage Award was presented on Sept. 18, 2010 to Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Second Annual Courage Award was presented to Joseph Szafranksi of Buffalo, New York. Joe Szafranskiis a Buffalo Police Officer and New York State National Guard Staff Sergeant who served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and has been a strong supporter of Camp Good Days and Cancer Mission 2020. The Third Annual Courage Award was presented to Rochester Police Department Officers, Paul Dondorfer and Adam Alliet; as well as Dr. David Lambert, of the University Rochester Medical Center; and Lindsay Wahl, Sarah Nevarez, and Bridget Hughes, all medical students at the University of Rochester. These six individuals went above and beyond in coming to the assistance and helping in the recent rescue of a father and his two small children from the Erie Canal.
Camp Good Days Courage Bowl IX is being sponsored by the County of Monroe, TOPS Markets, Phoenix Graphics, The Flanders Group, Connors and Ferris and Clear Channel Radio, and will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports Net, and will be carried live on SportsRadio 950 ESPN and WLEA-AM 1480 in Hornell.
Tickets are available for a donation of $5 each through the St. John Fisher Collegeís Athletic Department by calling 585-385-8309. For more information about Courage Bowl IX, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Osborn at, or call Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555.