hot bowl a big boost to central texas community

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HOT Bowl a big boost to Central Texas community

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By Jordan Mason

Killeen Daily Herald

Fourteen years ago, the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl made its debut as an opportunity for junior college players to gain exposure.

Now, the games — there are two of them now — are far bigger than that in terms of reach.

“We hope that it’s a blessing to our Central Texas community,” Copperas Cove head football coach and creator Jack Welch said, “not just Copperas Cove but Copperas Cove-Killeen greater area.”

Indeed, the HOT Bowl will have already affected local students before No. 15 East Central Community College and Kilgore College square off Dec. 5 in the first of two games at Bulldawg Stadium.

For one, each of the participating schools will be part of an assembly at local schools to speak out against the abuse of alcohol and drugs and teen bullying.

The games offer plenty to look forward to for local communities — in terms of revenue and, of course, good football — but for Welch, the focus remains raising awareness on subjects that affect the community off the field.

“Playing football is the gift — that’s the game, that’s the fun,” Welch said. “But we always want to put that out there because we want to help our society.

“We want to help our community, and mostly our young people.”

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