San Diego, CA–The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl announced that San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove will serve as the Honorary Chairman for the 2021 game.
Musgrove, who grew up in East County, pitched the first no-hitter in team history on April 9 against the Texas Rangers.
“I’m thrilled to be the honorary chairman of the 2021 SDCCU Holiday Bowl,” said Musgrove who played offensive line at Grossmont High School. “Having the opportunity to enjoy the bowl game experience and come full circle here in San Diego is truly amazing. I’ve enjoyed watching the Holiday Bowl through the years. I love college football and I can’t wait for bowl week.”
“Joe is the perfect Honorary Chairman with the game moving to Petco Park, home of the Padres,” said San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl CEO, Mark Neville. “He’s had a tremendous impact in our community since joining the team. Being an avid fan of football and having played football in high school makes Joe the perfect choice to be our 2021 honorary chair.”
Musgrove, will be part of various festivities surrounding the Holiday Bowl, including leading the way as Grand Marshal of the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade set for December 28 at 10:00 a.m. in downtown San Diego. The 43rd annual game is Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. and will be televised nationally on FOX. The Holiday Bowl matches top football teams from the Pac-12 and ACC conferences.
The Honorary Chairman title is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed to San Diego’s sports scene and society in a meaningful way. Past honorary chairs include Bill Walton, Randy Jones, Don Coryell, Meb Keflezighi, and Jim Laslavic to name a few.
Recognizing that San Diego is a premier tourist destination, the mission of the non-profit 501(c)(3) San Diego Bowl Game Association is to generate tourism, visibility, and economic impact for the San Diego region by producing the Holiday Bowl and other outstanding events and experiences for visitors and local fans of all ages. Since 1978, the association has generated $977 million in economic benefit for the region.