Sergeant Matthew Gaulke, of Winona, MN has been chosen to represent his fellow Soldiers during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Approximately 100 Soldiers are chosen for this honor each year.
SGT Gaulke will be teamed with one of the 90 U.S. All-Americans during a week of activities leading up to the Nation’s premier high school all-star football game. The Army Soldier-Heroes will be honored during the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner and during pre-game ceremonies.They attend activities throughout the week and share their Army experiences with the players. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has honored more than one thousand Soldiers over the course of its existence.
“The Soldier is the key component of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Football players share similar qualities reflected in Army Strong Soldiers. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the opportunity for these young athletes and the Nation to connect with the Army and Army Strong Soldiers.”
Soldiers selected for this honor must have received the Bronze Star or Army Commendation with “V” Device for valor, Silver Star and/or Purple Heart; have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom; and be recommended by their command sergeant major.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST. Athletes and Soldiers will also be joined by the Nation’s top high school musicians who are part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and will perform during halftime.
For more than 11 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Marcus Lattimore and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com and www.goarmy.com/events/aab or the official Facebook and Twitter pages located at http://www.facebook.com/USArmyAllAmericanBowl and www.twitter.com/armyallamerican.