Live United Bowl set to kick off after yearlong hiatus

(Source: U of A)
(Source: U of A)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 2:59 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 3:32 PM CST

TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - After being canceled last year due to COVID-19, a major fundraiser for the Greater Texarkana United Way is back and ready for action.

After a year on the sidelines, the Live United Bowl is back on the field.

“We have two really appreciative universities that are going to get to participate, which is a marque event for Division II football,” Texarkana, Arkansas, Mayor Allen Brown said.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Savage Storm and the Emporia State University Hornets will compete in this year’s game.

“It’s our second trip down. We were able to come here in 2014, and the community just welcomed us (with) open arms. And we had a great experience. We are looking forward to the same thing ...” said Keith Baxter, athletic director for Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Okla.

“To receive the invitation to play was just a thrill and excitement for us. Our community is looking forward to coming down,” said Kent Wiser, athletic director for Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

The bowl is one of three Division II football bowl games nationwide. Mayor Brown, who co-founded the event nine years ago, said it’s more than a game.

“We are not doing this for ourselves. We have zero compensation from anybody here, and we give our money to the United Way. We have had good years; certainly, we’ve had bad years,” Brown said.

He said they hope this will be a good year for the Greater Texarkana United Way. The game is set to be played in Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark., on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at noon.

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