About the Orange Bowl

Positively Shaping the South Florida Community

Our Mission and Vision

The Orange Bowl Committee was created in 1935 with the mission of generating tourism for South Florida through an annual football game and supporting events. The non-profit, sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community has grown to 360 members since its inception. It has expanded beyond Greater Miami to become a cornerstone of the entire South Florida area.

The Committee is aided by approximately one thousand additional “Ambassadors,” community volunteers who make us, and our community, stronger.

The Orange Bowl brand helped put South Florida on the map and build the community into the popular tourist destination it remains today. While its primary mission for 80 years has been to bring tourism to South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. 

Bolstering the Economy

The 2012-13 Orange Bowl Festival, including the 2013 BCS National Championship and the 79th Orange Bowl, generated a total of $298.1 million in new economic impact and media exposure value for South Florida, according to a study conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International. The amount is nearly 50% more than the economic impact generated the last time the Orange Bowl double-hosted an Orange Bowl and BCS National Championship game in 2008-09.

The Orange Bowl has been helping South Florida become a better place for local business owners for years. Orange Bowl events and activities help drive local businesses and build a stronger South Florida economy.

Each year our bowl game and afilliated events attract tens of thousands of visitors who fuel the local economy with millions of dollars. This translates into jobs and benefits for local hospitality and service industries and vendors, in line with our mission of serving the South Florida community.

Support of Intercollegiate Athletics and Higher Education

Over the past 15 years, the Orange Bowl has provided nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to high school student athletes and institutions of higher education. Through programs such as the Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards, a celebration that recognizes outstanding high school scholar-athletes in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, the Orange Bowl continues to invest in the academic and athletic futures of South Florida's youth.

In addition to its scholarship recipients in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Orange Bowl supports the ACC Inter-Institutional Scholarship Fund, and other various programs whose missions fall in line with the Orange Bowl's commitment to academics and athletics.

Throughout its 80 years of existence, payouts from the Orange Bowl games have led to participating schools and conferences receiving in excess of half a billion dollars before adjusting for inflation. In 2013-14, the final year of the BCS, the Orange Bowl contributed to the nearly $200 million in bowl revenue which was distributed by the BCS to benefit nearly 200 universities throughout the country.

Support of Sporting Events

The Orange Bowl supports, organizes and runs a number of sporting events beyond its annual football game. For 20 years, the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic has attracted the top basketball programs in the country at the annual one-day event. In 2013, NCAA Final Four team Florida and NIT Final Four team Florida State were both featured. Both will be featured again this year. Past Orange Bowl Basketball Classics have produced overtime thrillers, NCAA Champions and numerous first round NBA draft picks.

Every January, college swimming and diving teams from around the county spend a month at the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo, culminating in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic, which pits eight of the top NCAA swimming and diving teams against one another in a day-long event.

The Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, an ITF Group A Series Tournament, annually hosts more than 1,000 competitors from over 80 countries. Past participants include Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Chris Evert.  In 2013,  Francis Tiafoe, 15, defeated Stefan Kozlov, 7-6, 0-6, 6-3, in an all-American singles final to become the youngest boys' 18s champion in Orange Bowl history.

The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta brings more than 600 youth sailors from around the world to South Florida for a five-day competition. An annual fixture in the Orange Bowl event schedule, the International Youth Regatta takes place at the Coral Reef Yacht Club.

In recent years, the Orange Bowl has added the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic, and the Orange Bowl Florida Youth Track & Field Invitational to its stable of sporting events, providing youth participant opportunities. The Orange Bowl Paddle Championships was also added, featuring both competitive races and recreational opportunities, while raising funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Support of Youth Programs

The Orange Bowl’s major community outreach initiative is the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance (Orange Bowl YFA). The Orange Bowl’s support of youth programs came full circle in 2012 when Geno Smith led the West Virginia Mountaineers to a 70-33 victory over the Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange Bowl. Smith was born and raised in South Florida and played in the Orange Bowl YFA with the Miami Gardens Chargers. Smith helped the Chargers earn victories in the 2003 and 2004 Orange Bowl YFA Championships, which were held at the old Orange Bowl Stadium. Smith shattered the Orange Bowl record book in that game, setting records for passing yards (407), passing touchdowns (6) and total touchdowns (7).

The Orange Bowl invests approximately $600,000 annually as well as hundreds of volunteer and staff hours to serve more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders who participate in the Orange Bowl YFA, which has produced such talents as Smith.

The Orange Bowl YFA consists of 10 member leagues spanning from north of Lake Okeechobee to Key West. Since the beginning of this program in 1999, the Orange Bowl has invested more than $6 million in its youth sports programs in South Florida.

Support of Organizations and Causes

The Orange Bowl supports organizations and events both in and outside of South Florida on an annual basis, benefitting numerous charities, funds and groups. In 2013-14, that support totaled nearly $70,000. In addition to its financial support, the Orange Bowl has invested thousands of volunteer hours in supporting non-profit organizations in South Florida such as Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and many more.

The Orange Bowl also contributes to locally-based organizations and causes, including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from all over the world, such as the Junior Orange Bowl (which is not affiliated with the Orange Bowl Committee). Additionally, through its Kicks for Kids program, the Orange Bowl collects and donates new and gently used sneakers and cleats to ensure that every child can have the opportunity to participate in youth sports.  In 2013-14, the Orange Bowl collected and distributed more than 3,000 pairs of athletic shoes to children in South Florida.

The Committee is also there in times of need, providing funding to those impacted by adverse circumstances, and will continue to do so in the future. The Orange Bowl’s donations to institutions, organizations and individuals affected by such things as natural disasters and tragedy over the last 10 years have totaled in excess of $325,000.

Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards

The annual Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards (the OBIEs) celebrates outstanding community service and scholastic achievement. The OBIEs became a culinary experience headlined by a group of celebrity chefs and outstanding restaurants in 2014. The event annually recognizes those individuals who share in the Orange Bowl’s goals of giving back and inspiring South Florida’s youth, through its Keith Tribble Impact Award and Junior Courage Award, and celebrates the Committee’s yearly investment in the community.

Contributions from the event annually go to Make-A-Wish South Florida and Special Olympics of Miami-Dade and Broward, as well as the Orange Bowl’s Leadership and Character Academy.

Legacy Gifts

Early in 2014, the Orange Bowl broke ground on its latest legacy gift project—a synthetic turf field and scoreboard at Ives Estates in Northeast Miami-Dade County.

This is the Orange Bowl’s third Legacy Gift to the South Florida community. In January 2011, the Orange Bowl, in conjunction with the City of Miami, cut the ribbon on Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park, a much needed youth football stadium and facilities at urban Miami’s inner city Moore Park. It was the culmination of a legacy gift initiative the Orange Bowl spearheaded in recognition of its 75th anniversary in 2008-09. Moore Park is the site of the 1933 and 1934 Palm Festivals, the predecessor of the Orange Bowl Festival.
In 2013, the Orange Bowl and the City of Fort Lauderdale cut the ribbon to unveil renovations to Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale. Renovations at Carter Park included the installation of a new synthetic turf football field, now called Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park, an eight lane track, enhanced spectator areas and new scoreboard.

Combined, the Orange Bowl Legacy Gift projects have provided approximately $10 million worth of improvements toward the beautification of the South Florida community and recreational park activities for residents and their families.

Orange Bowl: A Tradition of Excellence

It is the community’s support of the Orange Bowl’s annual football game that enables the Committee to invest in South Florida and its youth. 2013 marked the 20th time the Orange Bowl has hosted the national champion or national championship game. The Orange Bowl has also hosted 16 Heisman Trophy winners and hundreds of future National Football League stars, throughout its 80 years of existence.

In 2014-15, college football’s post-season structure transitioned from the Bowl Championship Series, which existed for 16 years, to the College Football Playoff for the next 12 years. Under the new system, the Orange Bowl game returned to its New Years’ holiday roots, being played on either Dec. 31 or Jan. 1 and will host a College Football Playoff Semifinal every three years. In the eight years it doesn’t host a semifinal, the Orange Bowl will feature the ACC champion (or replacement) against a high ranking team from the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference or Notre Dame.

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