AFN Europe service members join Army-Navy football frenzy
December 3, 2010
- AFN troops do battle in first ever Toilet Bowl football match
- Community will gather for food, fun and football before the big Army-Navy game
- First ever Toilet Bowl will feature Army, Navy and Air Force troops on the football field
HEIDELBERG, Germany - You've got the Super Bowl and the Rose Bowl. The Pro Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.
And now, thanks to Mannheim and Heidelberg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Armed Forces Network-Europe, you've got the Toilet Bowl, the ultimate flag football game between AFN Army personnel and AFN Air Force and Navy personnel.
It's the battle of the branches to see who is worthy enough to sit on the throne - the porcelain one, that is.
"What's cool about this event is that it's a great community partnership," said Staff Sgt. Victor Gardner, host of AFN Power Net radio.
"You've got all of the Family and MWR facilities in Mannheim there representing their programs and giving away free prizes; you've got the Heidelberg and Mannheim High School cheerleaders there teaming up with each other to get the crowd going, and units are also able to compete for spirit award prizes."
The game will be held 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Woods Field on Benjamin Franklin Village in Mannheim and is free to all spectators.
Lucky spectators could win a mountain bike or an iPod, and goodies will be thrown to the crowd.
AFN will crown the King and Queen of the Toilet Bowl with the help of the crowd votes.
Spectators are encouraged to come decked out from head-to-toe in football fan gear so that they can participate in the halftime Accuracy Throw Competition which could win you a large flatscreen TV.
Family and MWR along with the Mannheim High School Booster Club will also sell food and beverages.
Following the event, the Benjamin Franklin Village Bowling Center will offer discounts on bowling games and meals.
"What started as just an internal football game has turned in to an excellent opportunity to show the people in Mannheim that we aren't closed yet and that there is still tons of stuff to do here," said Andrea Stauffer, chief of USAG Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg Family and MWR Marketing.
"Even if you don't like football, this is still a very cool event to go to. Kids will have to wrap two AFN producers from head-to-toe in the Toilet Paper Mummy Mascot Competition, and your balance will be tested in the Heismann Pose Competition. Plus, there will be a Touchdown Dance-off, similar to Dancing With The Stars where the endzone dance will be judged and scored."
The event takes place on the same day as the annual NCAA Army-Navy football game.
The BFV Bowling Center, Al's Sports Bar and Warrior Zone in Mannheim will be showing the game on AFN.