TaxSlayer Bowl launches new program to bring more military members to game

TaxSlayer Bowl
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The TaxSlayer Bowl announced a new program Monday that will provide current and former military members and their families tickets to attend the game for free.

TaxSlayer will provide 5,000 military members with a complimentary ticket to the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30, including a postgame concert at the stadium’s new event amphitheater, Daily’s Place, through its new Honoring Our Heroes program.

TaxSlayer’s Honoring Our Heroes program is available to all active duty service members, retirees and veterans with a military ID or VA Identification Card. Each serviceman or woman may request up to four tickets per military ID. Each participant’s gameday experience will include a ticket to the TaxSlayer Bowl, a ticket to a post-event military appreciation concert at Daily’s Place, as well as in-stadium tribute during the TaxSlayer Bowl game.

Limited transportation options will be available from the surrounding area, including direct transportation from Fort Gordon.

“TaxSlayer is an extremely proud supporter of the military,” TaxSlayer CEO Brian Rhodes said. “Honoring these heroes with a unique game day experience is our way of giving back to a community that gives back to America every day. We’re looking forward to traveling down to Jacksonville and cheering along with our country’s finest on game day.”

In addition to its Honoring Our Heroes program, TaxSlayer provides active-duty military a 50 percent discount for all federal and state returns. The company also partners with the Wounded Warrior Project by donating a portion of its tax filing processing fees toward supporting, honoring, and empowering our nation’s wounded veterans.

Northeast Florida boasts a strong military presence with area military installations, including Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Kings Bay Naval Base, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville and Marine Corps Blount Island Command which provide employment to more than 50,000 active duty, reserve and civilian men and women.

“There is no greater honor than to have a title sponsor that gives back to those who have done so much for us and our country,” TaxSlayer Bowl president and CEO Rick Catlett said. “Jacksonville is such a proud military town. What better way to say thank you to our heroes than by providing them with an unforgettable experience during one of the most storied matchups in college football.”

The 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl, which will feature a team from the SEC pitted against an opponent from either the Big Ten, ACC or Notre Dame will be played at EverBank Field on Saturday, Dec, 30 at noon EST and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

TaxSlayer has been the lead sponsor of the bowl since 2011.

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