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Members of the Corsicana Special Olympics and Corsicana Bowl founder Tony Taulton pose for a photo.

The folks running the Corsicana Bowl won't know who's playing in the game until November, but they know where the money is going now

Tony Taulton, the founder and Executive Director of the bowl, was adamant about having all the proceeds go to a charity, and this week Taulton chose the charity: The Corsicana Special Olympics.

“We're ecstatic,” said Jessica Bentz, the Head of Delegates for Corsicana Special Olympics. “I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity to get exposure for Special Olympics in the community. And I can speak for my sister (Kristina Bentz) who is the coach of the Special Olympics team. She is thrilled as well.”

Bentz said the money will aid the Special Olympics team and will help pay for equipment and traveling.

“We will use the money to purchase equipment and to go to a couple of different tournaments in Texas,” she said. “We go to two tournaments in Texas a year.”

Bentz said the Special Olympics team consists of “25 to 30 members who are from the ages of 20 to 65,” and added how much the proceeds will help the organization.

The Corsicana Bowl will be played the first Saturday in December in Tiger Stadium between two at-large Division II football teams that will be chosen from three conferences.

Taulton said he chose Corsicana Special Olympics after speaking with Corsicana High School Athletic Director Richie Cutrer.

The CISD has helped the Corsicana Special Olympics in the past.

“We held our Special Olympics Games at Tiger Stadium last spring,” Bentz said. “We will have our team at the (Corsicana Bowl).”

Taulton said the Special Olympics team will be a big part of the bowl game.

“My whole mindset changed after meeting with the Special Olympics team,” Taulton said. “They were so overjoyed to be part of this thing. It gives the bowl a whole new meaning. It's for them.

“They will be part of all the promotions leading up to the bowl and a big part of the game,” Taulton said.

The game will be have a live stream on Flosports.tv and broadcast on KNES (99.1 FM).

The Corsicana Chamber of Commerce estimates the bowl will generate $500,000 into the community. The early response to the idea of having a bowl game at Tiger Stadium has been good, and Taulton has already had companies step forward as sponsors.

“I want to say thanks to the community and to all our sponsors for their support,” Taulton said.

Current sponsors of the bowl include the Corsicana Visitors and Convention Bureau, Clayton Homes of Corsicana, Community National Bank and Trust of Texas, CiCi’s Pizza, City of Corsicana, Main Street, CanaSports, Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, Keathley and Keathley, Corsicana Glass and Mirror, Neiman Properties, Chuck and Gayle’s Subway I-45 and HWY 31, Texas Media and RoadLiner Bus.

For more information please go to www.corsicanabowl.com or call 855-798-2253.

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