DALLAS (FWAA) – Florida Citrus Sports (FCS), the organizing group which produces
the Capital One Bowl, Tangerine Bowl, Rotary Gridiron Classic and Florida
Classic each season, announced it will bring another prestigious college
football event to Orlando. The organization will host the Football Writers
Association of America (FWAA) All-America Banquet beginning in January and
continuing at least through the 2005 college football season.
"We feel hosting the Football Writers All-America team is a natural
extension for our association," said FCS Executive Director Tom Mickle. "We
have great respect for the Football Writers team and believe this will be
another significant event for a community that simply loves college football.
The support of the Orlando community for college football never ceases to
The 25-player FWAA All-America team will be announced in December after its
selection by a panel of nine FWAA members. The FWAA has selected an
All-America team since 1944. The team has been featured in Look Magazine
(1946-70) and later on the Bob Hope Christmas Special and on ABC-TV. It is
the second oldest continuously published All-America team in college
"We believe Orlando is the perfect place to play host to the FWAA
All-America team banquet," said Steve Richardson, FWAA Executive Director.
"For a number of years we have been looking for the right fit and now have
it. In conjunction with the college football all-star game in the area, FWAA
All-Americas in many cases will have more than one reason to make Orlando
their stop in late January."
The FWAA All-America Banquet will take place during the week preceding the
Rotary Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game. This season's Banquet will
occur on January 24 at a site to be determined. The Rotary Gridiron Classic
will be played the following day in front of a live national television
audience on ESPN2.
Proceeds generated by the Banquet will benefit the charitable arm of FCS,
the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation Summer Camp. Each year, the Foundation
hosts two, four-week camp sessions for at-risk youth in the Orlando are\a.
The camp provides its participants athletic activities and life-skills
instruction in a structured environment.
The FWAA Banquet represents the fourth college football event Florida Citrus
Sports has brought to Orlando since 1997. That year saw the reemergence of
the Florida Classic in Central Florida. The game, which pits
Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M, has turned into an annual sellout at the
65,438 seat Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. In 1998, FCS introduced the Rotary
Gridiron Classic, and in four short years the game has evolved into the
nation's fastest growing college all-star game. Last fall, FCS brought the
Micronpc.com Bowl from Miami, where it had spent 11 years, to Orlando and
renamed it the Tangerine Bowl.
While the menu of events produced by FCS has seen an increase in recent
years, the organization's roots date back to 1946 when Orlando's original
bowl game was established. Today, that game is known as the Capital One
Florida Citrus Sports is a private, not-for-profit membership organization
that presents six signature events in its efforts to benefit the Florida
Citrus Sports Foundation, community charities and educational institutions.
The organization is based in Orlando, Fla. and its six signature events
include the Capital One Bowl, Tangerine Bowl, Rotary Gridiron Classic College
All-Star Game, Florida Classic, Florida Power Super Holiday Parade and the
OUC Orlando Half Marathon & 5K.
Having recently celebrated its 60th year, the Football Writers Association of America
consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and
publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards
and an All-America team.
• Florida Citrus Sports
• FWAA All-America Team