Countdown kicks off for ninth annual RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl
West Palm Beach, Florida – Celebrating 50e Title IX anniversary with Palm Beach County’s top female executives, the fifth annual RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl’s Women Changing the Game event presented by FPL at the Hilton West Palm Beach drew an intimate group of women in business, sports and community leaders for an evening filled with women’s empowerment experiences, great networking, food and drink, pop-up shops, giveaways and more.
A traditional highlight of the annual event is its panel discussion of female executives sharing career experiences and advice for attendees. This year’s Title IX themed panel discussion hosted by Keli Ferguson, Emmy Award-Winning Sports and Anchor ESPN 106.3 on WPTV and FOX 29, featured accomplished South Florida women executives who have played or worked in the college athletics and in some way have been impacted by Title IX. The rule established in 1972 with just 37 words is what helped level the playing field that female athletes and their coaches thrive on to this day.
A special welcome video from Sarah Colby Spain, an American sports journalist who works as an espnW.com columnist, ESPN radio host, ESPN television personality and ESPN SportsCenter occasional reporter, kicked off the inspirational panel discussion featuring four leaders from southern Florida:
- Pam Rauch, Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Development for Florida Power & Light Company who competed as a member of the women’s tennis team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Staci Wilson, Olympic Gold Medalist and Head Coach of Pine School Boys Soccer School who competed as a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the U.S. Olympics for women’s soccer.
- Kate Arizza, President and CEO of the Cox Science Center and Aquarium who was an all-state swimmer in high school and recruited to swim for the United States Naval Academy team. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the Naval Academy, she served as an officer in the United States Navy for seven years. Kate still regularly competes in marathon open water swims, ranging from 10k to 20k distance and training for the 12.5 mile swim for the 8e weather around Key West Island.
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- Courtney Belle, Director of Athletics at Palm Beach Atlantic University who previously served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Assistant Title IX Coordinator. She is the first minority to hold her current position and is the PBA’s third NCAA-era athletic director.
“Women Changing the Game has become a highlight of our annual Bowl schedule, and I am thrilled with its popularity, growth and stature,” said Doug Mosley, Executive Director of RoofClaim Boca Raton Bowl. “This year we changed our approach a bit and for good reason, as it was the first time this traditionally women-only event had invited men to attend, as we felt celebrating 50 years of Title IX called for to a wider audience.”
Sponsors of Women Changing the Game included Presenting Sponsor FPL, Brightline, Hilton West Palm Beach, Trustbridge, PNC Bank, Deep Eddy Vodka and the Gardens Mall. Guests enjoyed a variety of pop-up shops in the Gardens Mall, including Kendra Scott, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Peloton, Josephine Alexander Collective and Aveda; plus VIP goodie bags and a chance to win a $500 gift certificate for shopping at Gardens Mall and a one-year membership at Cooper Hawk.
Women Change the Game was one of many countdown events to the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl 2022 which kicks off the Tuesday night before Christmas, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium and will stream live at the nationally on ESPN as well as on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. Conference affiliations for this year’s game include the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and select independents.
The RoofClaim.com Boca Raton is an annual holiday tradition celebrated in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name “Boca’s Largest Annual Outdoor Party”. It is also the only collegiate bowling game in Palm Beach County with all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional bowling event. It’s an entertaining and high-energy experience for college football fans and non-fans alike, and lets the national spotlight shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. For more community countdown events that benefit Charity Partner Bowl’s giving spirit and Game Week information, visit roofclaimbocaratonbowl.com and/or follow social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl ), Twitter (@BocaBowl) and Instagram (@BocaBowl ).
About The Roofclaim.Com Bol Boca Raton
The Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl is one of 17 bowling games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. The RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl debuted in 2014 and was well received in the community in its first eight years. He twice had the distinction of matching two conference champions – Marshall University vs. Northern Illinois University (2014) and UAB vs. Northern Illinois (2018). In all, six conference champions and three other conference division champions played in the game. Bowl alumni who moved to the NFL include current New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (BYU, 2020), Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (FAU, 2017), and Eagles kicker of Philadelphia Jake Elliott (Memphis, 2016). For more information on RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, visit RoofClaimBocaRatonBowl.com or follow social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl) and Instagram (@BocaBowl).
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowling games, 11 college basketball events, and one college softball event, which total approximately 400 hours of live programming, all by reaching nearly 64 million viewers. and attracting more than 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with local conferences, schools and communities, while providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website website, Facebook, Twitter Where Youtube pages.
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