Former San Diego Bowl Game Association Executive Director honored
SAN DIEGO – Former Executive Director of the San Diego Bowl Game Association, Bruce Binkowski, has been named Honorary Chairman of the 2015 Holiday Bowl. The Honorary Chairman title is awarded annually to an individual who has contributed to San Diego sports and society in a meaningful way. Binkowski will also serve as Grand Marshal of the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by U.S. Bank.
Binkowski has been an integral part of the bowl tradition in San Diego since the Holiday Bowl’s inception in 1978 and was the first paid employee of the annual bowl game. After 37 years of service, the last 14 as executive director, Binkowski is retiring from the San Diego Bowl Game Association. The SDBGA is the nonprofit group that produces San Diego’s annual post-season college football bowl games – the Holiday Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Binkowski was honored earlier this year with a lifetime achievement award by the San Diego Hall of Champions. His many accomplishments include overseeing and directing the launch of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in 2005, an event that is credited for generating more than $85 million in economic benefit for the San Diego region since its inception. During his tenure, the two bowls have combined to contribute over $730 million to the local economy.
Well-known around town for his time as the public address voice of the Chargers, Padres and Aztecs, Binkowski has been part of some of the most exciting sporting events in San Diego’s history. Before his time with the bowl games, Binkowski had his hands in nearly every sports franchise to come through San Diego: the San Diego Rockets, Gulls, Mariners (hockey), the ABA’s Conquistadors, and the San Diego Clippers. Add in his time as morning news sports host with KSDO and KOGO, and anyone would be hard-pressed to find a person more ingrained in the local sports community.
Binkowski is a native San Diegan, having attended University High School, San Diego City College and the University of San Diego.
This year’s Holiday Bowl, featuring the USC Trojans and the Wisconsin Badgers, kicks off at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 30th at Qualcomm Stadium. Tickets are available at sandiegobowlgames.com. The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by U.S. Bank takes place at 10 am on December 30th.