ORLANDO, Fla. (12/16/16) – The Arkansas State football team wrapped up preparations for the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital with a walkthrough on Friday before members of the team took part in two different charity events along with a pep rally to conclude the busy day of activities for the Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves conducted their walkthrough at Camping World Stadium at 10:30 a.m. local time. The squad took a team picture first before its final tune-up, which lasted about an hour, in preparation for Saturday’s Cure Bowl against UCF.
Two separate charity events were on the docket next for A-State with a trip to Florida Hospital and the “Feed the Children” community service project lined up. Assistant head coach Trooper Taylor and student-athletes Kyle Wilson, Kendall Sanders, Trent Ellis-Brewer, and Jonah Hill along with a couple of members from the A-State Spirit Squads attended Florida Hospital, while the majority of the team and head coach Blake Anderson went to the “Feed the Children” event, where the Red Wolves and Knights combined to package 20,000 meals for kids.
“We talked all week about the Cure Bowl being about breast cancer awareness and raising money to try to find a cure, but now you’re talking about kids in the local area that don’t get a chance to eat,” Anderson said. “One box lasts a month for a family so that’s pretty cool to think that you’re helping feed a family. Our guys eat all the time and one of these families may only get one meal a day so it was good to talk about that and be able to help out.”
The day for the Red Wolves wrapped up with a pep rally at Universal CityWalk before a movie at the AMC Universal Cineplex 20.The Cure Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (CT) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., in a CBS Sports Network-televised game. A-State will be making its first appearance in the Cure Bowl, which played its inaugural game last year, and competing in its 14th all-time bowl game. The game against the Knights will represent the first time the two teams have competed against each other since the only meeting in 1991.