Six Teams. 150 NCSA Athletic Recruiting employees. Two flags around their waists. One bowl.
We get a little intense when it comes to the annual Turkey Bowl. (This year is its 5th!) But can you blame us? We’re helping student-athletes find schools where they can continue to play their sport (and get a great education!) all day. But this afternoon it’s on. Back to the roots.
For someone like former Northwestern offensive lineman Rick McDole, it’s about getting back into the game. Or for Augustana’s Matt Roe, it’s about trying to tie his all-division NCAA record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback. And for coaches and former recruiting coordinators like Bob Chmiel and Randy Taylor or our president and former Yale hockey captain Lisa Strasman, it’s about adding another accolade to their legendary records.
“We spend all day helping young student-athletes connect with college coaches and find schools where they can continue to play their sport and get a good education at the same time,” Jaclyn Thomas, director of events at NCSA, said. “It’s great to spend a day to get back to our roots as an athlete—the reason why many of us started here in the first place.”
We’ll be on the North Ave Field at 3:30 p.m. with professional referees from Chicago Sport and Social officiating. And former Division I college basketball coach Tom Massimino, our executive vice president of scouting, will act as field commissioner.
“This is one of the few times in the year when we have the whole company in one place, and the whole team really gets into the games,” Strasman said. “This event is part of our corporate culture, part of what makes us unique as a company, and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our competitive spirit as athletes.”