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Valparaiso Bowl History
14th Annual Valparaiso Bowl to benefit Peninsula Bridge
In the past, Sacred Heart and Menlo did not compete on the gridiron. Shortly after 9/11, when all football games were cancelled, it was proposed that the two neighbors compete. Tim Deppmeier of Sacred Heart, Craig Schoof of Menlo, and other boosters and supporters created the Valparaiso Bowl. The first game was played at Menlo. The next year SHP hosted at Woodside, and a tradition began.
Since both Sacred Heart and Menlo are Peninsula Bridge sites, have many Bridge alums who attend and serve as summer Teacher Assistants, Matt Moran proposed that proceeds from the game should go to support Peninsula Bridge.
“All private schools which participate in Bridge gain a great deal from having their respective campuses lit up each summer with intelligent, energetic, and resilient kids who are eager to improve their academic skills. They gain an awareness that a greater breadth of opportunities are available to them. Focusing the Valpo Bowl on an important program like Bridge helps the community not lose sight of why we play the game in the first place.”
This year is the Valpo Bowl XIV. Though opponents on the gridiron, both Menlo and SHS are thrilled that all the proceeds from their contest go to benefit Peninsula Bridge. Since its inauguration, close to a quarter of a million dollars has been raised to support Bridge. If you would like to do more, join the Circle of Champions, or honor a student or a coach. Please contact Maureen Garrett, Development Director of Peninsula Bridge at email@example.com, telephone 650.473.9461, for more information.