Mil-Way FCU CEO Allen Brown loves football and has a passion for giving back to the community. Last year, he took that love of football and passion for community service and helped organize the first Division II bowl game in Texarkana.
“There are three football divisions. Division I ball clubs have the greatest opportunity for being invited to participate in a bowl game. Division II teams have significantly less opportunity, so we wanted to give Division II teams the opportunity to play in a bowl game,” explains Brown, who was selected to chair the inaugural Live United Bowl.
While bringing a Division II bowl game to Texarkana was a huge undertaking that required a great deal of planning and coordination, Brown says the benefits to the community is huge.
“This is great for our community and a boost to our economy. It has the potential of attracting thousands of people and these people will stay in our hotels and dine in our restaurants,” he adds. “We are also able to take some of the proceeds from this event and donate to the United Way, which supports 42 organizations in our community.”
The inaugural Live United Bowl was scheduled for Dec. 7, at Arkansas High school’s Razorback Stadium. However, due to icy weather conditions, the bowl was pushed back to Dec. 13. Although inclement weather may have kept many people away, Brown said they still attracted a crowd of nearly 1,000.
“I just can’t describe the feeling I had when the game kicked off. It was just very gratifying and exciting to see our hard work come to fruition,” Brown said. “It was a very proud moment in my life and I am just thrilled that I was a part of it.”
In addition to the game, Brown said a number of other events were scheduled, including a banquet, pep rally and community service project. Bad weather kept them from having the banquet and pep rally, but football players from Harding and Texas A&M-Commerce were still able to participate in a community service project.
Brown says plans are already underway for the second Live United Bowl, and he will chair this year’s bowl as well.
“I’ve had a great deal of success in my personal and professional life, so I see this an opportunity to do something positive for a community has been so good to me,” noted Brown.