Board of Directors

Valero Alamo Bowl Board Overview

The Valero Alamo Bowl Board of Directors is a group of dedicated San Antonio business and civic leaders who constitute its governing body. The Board of Directors currently consists of 28 Active, 2 Ex-Officio and 24 Life Members.

Officers

  • Mike Kiolbassa
    Chair
    Mike Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Brad Barron
    Chair-Elect
    Brad Barron

    President and CEO, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Randy Cain
    Secretary
    Randy Cain

    Vice Chair and Southwest Region Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Clay Jett
    Treasurer
    Clay Jett

    Regional Chairman South Texas, Bank SNB

Board Members

  • Steve Arnold
    Steve Arnold
  • Steve Atkins
    Steve Atkins

    President, The Atkins Group

  • Mike Chapman
    Mike Chapman

    Executive VP & COO, Security Service Federal Credit Union

  • Mike Ciskowski
    Mike Ciskowski

    Executive Vice President and CFO, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Bob Cohen
    Bob Cohen

    CEO/CMO, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

  • Carlos Contreras
    Carlos Contreras

    Asst. City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Gene Dawson
    Gene Dawson

    President, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

  • Patrick Dudley
    Patrick Dudley

    President, Cameron Companies

  • John D. Eadie
    John D. Eadie

    Founder & Managing Partner, Covenant Multi-Family Offices, LLC

  • Derrick Fox
    President
    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Pat Frost
    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • Lamont A. Jefferson
    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Attorney at Law, Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PPLC

  • Darrell D. Jones
    Darrell D. Jones

    Lt. General USAF- Retired

  • Joe Linson
    Joe Linson

    President, JEL & Associates

  • Brandon Logan
    Brandon Logan

    SRG Force Sports

  • Casandra Matej
    Casandra Matej

    Executive Director, Visit San Antonio

  • Lynette Padalecki
    Lynette Padalecki

    Group VP of Corporate Planning & Analysis, HEB

  • Diane Rath
    Diane Rath

    Alamo Area Council of Governments, Executive Director

  • Jack Rogers
    Jack Rogers

    Sr. Account Manager, First American Title

  • Clyde Rucker
    Clyde Rucker

    Owner & CEO, Rucker Restaurant Holdings, LLC

  • David R. Schmidt, M.D.
    David R. Schmidt, M.D.

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Sheryl Sculley
    Sheryl Sculley

    City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Steve Seago
    Steve Seago

    Vice President of Sales, Genesis Networks Telecome Services,LLC

  • Randy C. Smith
    Randy C. Smith

    President, Weston Urban

  • Richard Steffen, M.D.
    Richard Steffen, M.D.

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson

    GM/VP, Ancira Nissan

  • Steve Wagner
    Steve Wagner

Board Life Members

  • Charlie Amato
    Charlie Amato

    Chairman, Southwest Business Corporation

  • Ernesto Ancira, Jr.
    Ernesto Ancira, Jr.

    President/CEO, Ancira Enterprises, Inc.

  • Russ Bookbinder
    Russ Bookbinder

    President, San Antonio Sports

  • Jim Callaway
    Jim Callaway
  • Lila Cockrell
    Lila Cockrell
  • Rosette Davila
    Rosette Davila

    Vice President, Davila Pharmacy, Inc.

  • Chris Divich
    Chris Divich

    Executive Vice President, SWBC

  • Jim Doyle, Jr.
    Jim Doyle, Jr.

    Attorney at Law

  • Jim Dublin
    Jim Dublin

    Chairman/CEO, Dublin & Associates

  • Norman T. Dugas, Jr.
    Norman T. Dugas, Jr.

    President, Dugas Diversified Developments

  • Frank G. Felicella
    Frank G. Felicella

    Treasurer, DSSW Management Corporation

  • Bill Greehey
    Bill Greehey

    Chairman, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Janelle McArthur
    Janelle McArthur

    President, The McArthur Company

  • Bill McCandless
    Bill McCandless

    Vice Chairman, Lone Star Capital Bank

  • Red McCombs
    Red McCombs

    McCombs Enterprises

  • Randy Norris
    Randy Norris

    Senior Vice President – Enterprise Market Development, Fiserv

  • Tony Novoa
    Tony Novoa
  • A. Ray Otte
    A. Ray Otte
  • Tommy Urps
    Tommy Urps
  • Steve Waters
    Steve Waters

    General Counsel, USAA Real Estate Company

  • Charles Martin “Marty” Wender
    Charles Martin “Marty” Wender

    Charles Martin Wender Real Estate & Investments

  • Floyd Wilson, Jr.
    Floyd Wilson, Jr.

    Market President, Frost

  • Mark Wright
    Mark Wright
  • John Yantis
    John Yantis

    Chairman of the Board Yantis Company

Past Bowl Chairs

  • 1993: Bob Coleman
  • 1994: Bill Greehey
  • 1995: General H.T. Johnson
  • 1996: Jim Callaway
  • 1997: Dennis O’Malley
  • 1998: Ernesto Ancira, Jr.
  • 1999: Frank G. Felicella
  • 2000: Lila Cockrell
  • 2001: Norman T. Dugas, Jr.
  • 2002: Diane Rath
  • 2003: Pat Frost
  • 2004: Jack Rogers
  • 2005: Joe Linson
  • 2006: Bob Cohen
  • 2007: John Yantis
  • 2008: Bob Brincat
  • 2009: Gene Dawson
  • 2010: Bill McCandless
  • 2011: David R. Schmidt, M.D.
  • 2012: Randy Cain
  • 2013: Pat Frost
  • 2014: Lynette Padalecki
  • 2015: Mike Yantis, Jr.
  • 2016: Lamont Jefferson
  • 2017: Mike Chapman
  • 2018: Michael Kiolbassa

Staff

Derrick Fox

President/CEO

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As President/CEO of the non-profit San Antonio Bowl Association, Derrick Fox is responsible for the overall administration and day-to-day operations of the Valero Alamo Bowl and its Community Festival of Events.

Highlights

  • Over 1.44 million spectators, and a total economic impact in excess of $817 million.
  • Nearly $100 million to higher education through team payouts and local scholarships
  • Averaging 97% capacity at the Alamodome the last 10 years, and over 146 million total ESPN viewers

A graduate of Duke University, Fox came to San Antonio in August 1992 after seven years with the Fiesta Bowl. He began his Fiesta Bowl career as an intern in 1986 and held the title of Director of Marketing his last three years.

A native of Port Angeles, Washington, Fox is married to Alison Fox. They have two sons – Drew (22) and Jake (20).

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Julie Baker

Vice President of Operations

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Julie is in her 13th year as the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Vice President of Operations where is responsible for overseeing the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as directing all aspects of the bowl game. Julie is also the primary contact for the participating teams, all facilities and the bowl’s merchandising programs and human relations. Julie joined the bowl in 1997 as an Event Coordinator and was promoted to Director of Events in 1999 before assuming her current role in 2002.

Prior to the bowl, Baker worked for the Alamodome for three years where she coordinated events as well as assisted in special projects for the director. A Dallas native, Julie graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in 1991 with a degree in Social Work. Julie and her husband John have a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Samuel.

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Rick Hill

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

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Rick joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as its first Director of Marketing in 1999 and was promoted to this current role as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in 2003. Rick directs the sponsorship sales, service and new business development of the bowl events as well as oversees the organization’s public relations and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining the bowl, Rick spent six years working for the San Antonio Spurs where he managed the Spurs community relations activities. Rick’s marketing experience also includes one season with the San Antonio Missions Baseball. A St. Louis native, Rick graduated from Trinity University in 1991. He is married to Mindy and has two daughters: Heidi and Audrey.

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Sara McCarty

Digital Media Coordinator

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Sara is this year’s digital media coordinator. She produces the Valero Alamo Bowl’s digital media content for all Valero Alamo Bowl events. Sara is a student at Trinity University where she studies communication and sport management.

Bryan Moynihan

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service

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In his seventh season with the Valero Alamo Bowl, Bryan is responsible for overseeing the ticket operations and sales for the bowl and its ancillary events. Moynihan has more than 20 years of experience in the sports ticketing industry on the collegiate and professional sports level.

Prior to joining the bowl, Moynihan served as the director of ticket operations for  the Houston Texans and Orange Bowl Committee in Miami. Bryan began his professional career as ticket manager for Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and then graduated to the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and holds a master’s degree in sports administration at St. Thomas University in Miami. He and his wife Andree are the proud parents of Kennedee Paige.

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Lara Smedley

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing

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Lara is in her sixth year with the Valero Alamo Bowl. As the Senior Manager of Events & Marketing, she is responsible for the production of the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as coordinating its advertising and marketing efforts. She spent a year as the bowl’s Media Coordinator in 2007 before joining as the Education Programs Coordinator for Spurs Sports & Entertainment from 2008-2009.

A Denver native, Lara graduated from the University of Denver in 2007 with a degree in Communications and Marketing.

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Colten Renner

Business Development Coordinator

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In his first season with the Valero Alamo Bowl, Colten steps in as the Business Development Coordinator for the Bowl. Colten directs all of the bowl’s group offerings as well as helps grow new business development through customized sponsorship and ticket sales.

Colten is a 2015 graduate from Baylor University’s Sports Sponsorship and Sales program. After graduation, Colten took over as the Director of Business Development for the Dallas Mavericks D-League team, the Texas Legends, before making the jump to the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was born and raised in Waco, Texas.

If you have a group, business, or individual that may be interested in making it out to this year’s game, give him a call at 210-704-6394.

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Sonya Thomas

Director of Executive Services

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With over 20 years of office management experience, Sonya joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as Executive Assistant in 2005 and was promoted to her current role as Director, Executive Services in 2014. She is responsible for the daily accounting and office management as well as managing the Board of Directors and scholarship program.

Prior to joining the bowl, Sonya was the Office Manager at First Data Corporation. Born and raised a Texan, she left the state to earn a business degree from San Jose State University in 1987, but got back to her roots as soon as her cowboy boots could get her back home.

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Scholarships

The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 26 San Antonio students splitting $52,000 in scholarships.

For the Valero Alamo Bowl’s 25th Anniversary, over $1 million will be awarded to 130+ San Antonio high school and college students via two programs in 2017-18. This amount is the largest scholarship total among the 39 bowl games.

High School Scholarships

On December 13, 71 scholarship winners were recognized at the Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship Awards Luncheon presented by H-E-B. The students included at least one winner from every San Antonio area public high school and well-established private school. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative.

In addition to the luncheon, the winners were recognized on-field during the Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of game tickets provided by Frost and the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Interested in the 2018-2019 Valero Alamo Bowl Scholar-Athlete Program?

Seniors from San Antonio area public schools (30 miles from the city center) and long-established private schools can obtain their Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House application from their school guidance counselor.

2018 Key Dates (tentative)

September 6-7: Schools to pick up their Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House application from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
November 1:
Deadline for schools to submit their allotted student applications (each school’s internal deadlines vary so check with the guidance office)
December 5: Winners notified and invited to the luncheon and Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 12: Scholarship Awards Luncheon
December 28: Winners recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Each high school will have the opportunity to submit up to four applicants so interested students should check with their guidance departments to inquire about the status of their Valero Alamo Bowl submissions.

Applicants must be ranked in the top 20% of their class and have an ACT of 20+ or SAT of 1200+. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, evaluation of the applicant’s personal narrative and involvement in extra-curricular activities including awards, honors received and at least one varsity letter.

To read about the 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete winners, click here.To view past recipients, click here.

College Scholarships

The Bowl’s college program is called the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners scholarship and is funded by the Bowl and matching programs at all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities. In its second year, the scholarship total and number of winners will be announced at the start of the 2018 college football season. This year’s program will exceed the inaugural year’s total that had 64 winners from University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Trinity University and UTSA sharing $420,000.

While each San Antonio university determines its own criteria for selecting the winners, the program’s focus is junior and seniors with a high propensity to stay and work in San Antonio. The winners are annually announced and recognized at the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pigskin Preview Luncheon.

The scope of the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners that awards scholarships to junior and seniors registered at San Antonio’s six four-year universities is be determined after the each Valero Alamo Bowl. The more successful the community support of the program and game, the larger the scholarship giving will be.

To read about the 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partner scholarship winners, click here.

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Community Outreach

The Valero Alamo Bowl stages a premier college football game as the showcase of an annual festival of events.

Mission
The Valero Alamo Bowl was created in 1993 to bring enjoyment to South Texans, San Antonians and visitors alike while creating positive economic impact, experiences and national attention for the community and participating universities.

In its 26th year, the Valero Alamo Bowl boasts an enviable track record of exciting games in front of capacity crowds that deliver a positive impact for San Antonio and exposure for both the city and the schools playing in the game.

Inclusive of the Valero Alamo Bowl’s 25th Anniversary game in 2017, past Alamo Bowls have combined to deliver 1.5 million attendees to the Alamodome, 136 million viewers to ESPN, $105 million to its partner conferences and participating universities as well as $873 million in total economic impact to San Antonio.

The 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl featuring #15 TCU’s come-from-behind 39-37 victory over #13 Stanford was the Valero Alamo Bowl’s fourth straight Top 15 matchup and the 10th time since 2005 the game’s outcome was undecided until the final minutes.

Bowl Growth 
After paying each team playing in the 1993 Builders Square Alamo Bowl $720,000, the Valero Alamo Bowl combined team payout to the Big 12 and Pac-12 will be $8.5 million for the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl..

Raising more money for the higher payouts has been worth it as they deliver higher profile teams to San Antonio which translates into greater recognition, tourism and economic vibrancy to the city.

As the #1 bowl outside of the CFP, the Valero Alamo Bowl has produced four straight Top 15 match-ups that generating an average total impact to San Antonio of $45 million, according to third party studies by SportsEconomics and Economic Analytics Consulting.

Neutral Site Games
Since economic development is the Valero Alamo Bowl’s focus and basis of the organization’s non-profit status, the Valero Alamo Bowl also strives to bring other events to San Antonio that deliver positive results.

In addition to 25 Valero Alamo Bowls, the organization has also served as the local host for 11 neutral site games that have combined to deliver $167 million in total economic impact for San Antonio. These games include three Big 12 Football Championships (1997, 1999 and 2007) and two of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series games (2009 and 2016).

The 2007 Big 12 Championship was ABC/ESPN’s most-watched college regular season game of the year as 11.8 million viewers tuned in to see #9 Oklahoma upset #1 Missouri. In addition to the media exposure for San Antonio, the fans traveling to watch this Top 10 match-up delivered a $52.8 million total economic impact for the city.

Also providing impressive returns for San Antonio was the 2016 Shamrock Series game between two out-of-state teams with national followings in Notre Dame and Army. According to Visit San Antonio, this matchup lifted hotel occupancy rates downtown above 90 percent for the Veterans Day weekend resulting in an impressive 40 percent year-over-year increase in revenue from rate and occupancy. These figures fueled the Shamrock Series to a $35.4 million total economic impact for San Antonio and when combined with the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl produced a $85 million total impact for the city in 2016, according to SportsEconomics.

Community Programs
The growth of the Valero Alamo Bowl along with the extension of its partnerships with Valero and ESPN along with Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences through the 2025 football season has allowed our community outreach to increase.

In June 2017, the Valero Alamo Bowl contributed $6 million for technology upgrades at the Alamodome. This new funding allowed an expanded public Wi-Fi system, two additional HD video screens and sound system upgrades. This brought the total amount for recent Alamodome improvements to $60 million in time for the facility to host the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four and will benefit all future events.

Valero, who has been a sponsor of the bowl since its inception and title sponsor since 2007, and a loyal base of partners and ticket buyers have helped sell out four of the last seven Valero Alamo Bowls while keeping ticket prices reasonable for San Antonio residents (7,500+ of last year’s tickets sold locally were for $40 or less), Such support has also fueled the expanded efforts of several of the below community programs as well as allowed the Bowl.

 

Scholarships

The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 25 San Antonio students splitting $52,000 in scholarships.

For the 2017-18 school year as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration, the Valero Alamo Bowl and its partners have committed $1 million to be awarded to 130+ San Antonio high school and college students. This amount is the largest scholarship total among the 39 bowl games.

For the Valero Alamo Bowl’s 25th Anniversary, over $1 million will be awarded to 130+ San Antonio high school and college students via two programs. This amount is the largest scholarship total among the 39 bowl games.

Military Appreciation Programs
San Antonio’s military community is an important part of the city and its history. As a token of our appreciation for their service, the Valero Alamo Bowl matches donations from our partners to host an average of 1,500+ members of the Wounded Warriors Project, USO and VetTix each year. Our 2017 donors included Anne and Steve Ballantyne, Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributor, The Law Offices of William B. Kingman and Teresa and David R. Schmidt, M.D.

The Valero Alamo Bowl also underwrites specially priced tickets to allow another 1,500 military personnel and their families to attend each game.

Youth Clinic
Every summer the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts the Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic. The head coaches from the University of Incarnate Word, UTSA, Texas Lutheran and Trinity University headline a 35+ person coaching staff that annually boasts over 350 years of collegiate experience.

This free clinic for 400 youth ages 7-14 teaches offense, defense/agility and blocking/tackling drills as well as the fundamentals of being good student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.

Concussion Testing
In collaboration with Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio’s BrainHeroes initiative, the Valero Alamo Bowl underwrites the cost for any San Antonio middle or high school that would like to provide baseline testing for their student-athletes. The program started in 2012 with 14 campuses participating in this program. The Valero Alamo Bowl contributed another 10,000 tests to ensure every interested school can still take advantage of this offer.

Charity Tickets
To provide opportunities for deserving youth to see the excitement of college football in person, the Valero Alamo Bowl matches donations from our partners to underwrite an average of 1,000 game tickets each year for local charity organizations such as Baptist Children’s Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Town, CASA, Family Service Association and Youth Alternatives. To register a non-profit as a perspective beneficiary of charity tickets or become a donor, please email the bowl office by November 15 each year.

In addition, the Valero Alamo Bowl annually teams up with the San Antonio Food Bank for staff outings to help sort donated food, bowl teams who staff the Food Bank’s kitchen at Haven For Hope and a “Fill the Bowl” fundraiser. With game tickets to the 25th Anniversary game as the reward, the 2017 “Fill the Bowl” event set a record with 187,893 meals provided for South Texas families through cash and item donations. The 2018 fundraiser is scheduled to occur the day prior to the Valero Alamo Bowl. Each $25 or 25 items off the Food Bank’s “most wanted” list can be exchanged for a 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl game ticket.

To request more information or discuss ways to partner on a community relations program, please e-mail Rick Hill.

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Contact

Valero Alamo Bowl
100 Montana Street
San Antonio, Texas 78203

Main Phone: 210.226.2695
Fax Number: 210.704.6399

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To interact with the Valero Alamo Bowl on social media, use @valeroalamobowl or #alamobowl.

Join The Team

The Valero Alamo Bowl has seven full-time staff members who combine to average 15+ years of experience working in post-season college football. However, we are always actively looking talented and energetic people to get involved. Here are ways to get involved:

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing (Full Time)
To help us build upon past success and drive innovation, the Bowl is seeking a dynamic event marketer to join our fun, fast-moving and progressive organization and make an immediate impact. Click here for a detailed job description and more information on how to apply.

Off-Season Apprenticeship (February – June)
The Valero Alamo Bowl has volunteer opportunities for one or two area college students each Spring. Whether it’s one afternoon a week or as time allows, it’s a good way for a busy college student to get experience on variety of projects without a huge time commitment. Interested students should email Rick Hill.

Part-Time Digital Media Internship Program (May – April)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires a part-time digital media intern to assist with the bowl’s video production, graphic design and social media efforts. This position is best for a local university student who has an open afternoon or two during the semester and can commit to full-time the last two weeks of December. Resumes are accepted early each Spring with interviews occurring in early May.

Full-Time Internship Program (July – January)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires three full-time interns to work in these areas: event coordination, public relations/digital media and ticket sales/marketing. Resumes are accepted early each Spring with interviews occurring in early May.

Event and Bowl Week Volunteer Opportunities
Every August the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts a Volunteer Orientation to explain the bowl’s needs to help us produce 20+ events a year. Our calendar starts each July with a free Youth Clinic each July) and runs through Bowl Week. To receive more information on how to join our team, please e-mail Julie Baker.

The Valero Alamo Bowl is looking for volunteer Street Team members. This position will be teamed up with other members of the Valero Alamo Bowl Street Team to capture behind-the-scenes experiences from fans and players participating in Bowl Week activities as well as contribute content to the Valero Alamo Bowl social media accounts. Applications are being accepted through early November. Click here for details on how to apply.

The Valero Alamo Bowl is looking for outgoing, social individuals to volunteer with us on game day, Friday, December 28. The Fan Experience Team will be armed with a wealth of information about the game and the Alamodome to answer any questions fans may have throughout the day. Applications are being accepted through mid-November. Click here for details on how to apply.

Valero Alamo Bowl Committee
If you would like a more substantial volunteer role, consider joining our Committee to support our Community Relations, Business Development, Event Operations and Media Relations efforts. To receive more information on how to volunteer for various events or our Committee, please e-mail Rick Hill.