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WINNER CHOSEN FOR THE FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE POSTER CONTEST October 1, 2018

WINNER CHOSEN FOR THE FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE POSTER CONTEST

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced the winner of the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade poster contest on Monday, Oct. 1. Mr. Julian Vidales, of El Paso, Texas submitted the winning poster design.

Artists from all across the El Paso region were given a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves while being given a chance to win some nice prizes. The “FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Poster Contest” ended last week. The judging was done by various employees and board members from the Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union and was based on creativity, clarity and relativity to the parade theme, which is “Amazing Feats.”

“When looking through the entries, we determined that Mr. Vidales’ design had everything we were looking for in a FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We want to thank and congratulate Mr. Julian Vidales for his great work.”

WINNING DESIGN

WINNING DESIGN

As the winning entry, Mr. Vidales’ poster design is the official 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster and is now in the process of being printed for distribution. Mr. Vidales also receives four tickets to the FirstLight Sun Bowl Parade Breakfast, which is held before the parade on Thanksgiving Day, as well as a pair of tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game, which will be held on Dec. 31, 2018.

“We invite everyone to pick up a copy of the poster at any FirstLight Federal Credit Union branch or at the Sun Bowl Association office,” Olivas said. “They should be ready for distribution by Monday, Oct. 8.”

ABOUT THE PARADE
The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest attended community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

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FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Volunteer Float Builders Talk About the Joys of Helping September 27, 2018

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Volunteer Float Builders Talk About the Joys of Helping

EL PASO, Texas – The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

In a video produced by the Sun Bowl Association, volunteers talk about why they continue to dedicate their free time to build floats.

Link to video: https://youtu.be/Et4ksu1X_yQ

ABOUT THE PARADE
The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

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This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (WEEK FIVE) September 26, 2018

This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (WEEK FIVE)

EL PASO, Texas – Four weeks into the 2018 college football season has already passed by and college football fans have been treated to many exciting games. Last week brought plenty of excitement and surprises throughout college football and this week should not be any different, especially for Pac-12 and ACC teams. Not to be left out, Notre Dame has the small task of hosting Stanford this week, a team that went to overtime against Oregon before winning 38-31.

Pac-12
Pac-12 opponents Oregon and Stanford lived up to the hype as the Cardinal needed overtime to seal a 38-31 victory over the Ducks. USC showed that it wasn’t done in 2018, picking up a 39-36 victory over Washington State and Washington avoided an upset against Arizona State picking up the 27-20 victory.

Here’s what we can look forward to in week five.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame
This game has huge implications as the winner will take a big step toward a spot in the College Football Playoff, while the loser will most likely be eliminated from the CFP conversation. Currently, Notre Dame (4-0) holds the advantage with an 18-13 series record. However, Stanford has won the last 3 straight games including a 17-10 win in Notre Dame on October 15, 2016.

Stanford (4-0) was tested last weekend at Oregon. The Cardinal football team struggled for the first half of the game but, in the second half, the defense came alive and the Stanford offense started moving the ball. In the end, Stanford got a hard-fought overtime win that should have them ready well for this weekend’s matchup against the Fighting Irish.

UCLA at Colorado
Both teams open conference play on Friday and are coming off bye weeks. Colorado stands at 3-0 and is averaging 41 points per game and allowing just 18.3. UCLA (0-3) has struggled out of the gate, playing Cincinnati, at Oklahoma, and Fresno St. The Bruins will look to turn things around in conference play.

Utah at Washington State
Both teams enter this contest coming off their first loss of the season. Utah (2-1) dropped its first game in a contest with No. 11 Washington, 21-7. Despite the loss, Utah still boasts the nation’s top defensive unit, allowing just 614 yards through three games. Washington State (3-1) lost its first game of 2018 to USC, 39-36. The Cougars average 401.8 passing yards per game and will test the Utes defensive backs.

No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 California
Oregon (3-1) lost its first game of the season in an overtime struggle with No. 7 Stanford, 38-31. Now the Ducks travel to face a California defense that’s allowed 907 yards through three games, good for sixth in the nation. The Bears (3-0) open conference play against the Ducks and come into the game off a bye week. They move into the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 for the first time since 2015.

USC at Arizona
Both teams enter this contest at 2-2. USC looked like it was about to lose a hold of its season with two straight losses before picking up an impressive 39-36 victory over Washington State. After being held to negative-5-yards rushing against Texas, the Trojans ran for 113 yards against the Cougars. Arizona lost its first two games of 2018 before winning back-to-back games over Southern Utah and Oregon State. The Wildcats rushed for 442 yards against the Beavers.

Other Pac-12 Games:
Saturday
No. 20 BYU (3-1) @ No. 11 Washington (3-1)
Oregon St. (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) @ Arizona State (2-2, 0-1)

ACC
The ACC had a little bit of everything in week four. Clemson began conference play with a 49-21 win over Georgia Tech, and found its full-time starter in freshman Trevor Lawrence. Boston College and Virginia Tech suffered upset losses and will look to rebound this week. Syracuse stayed undefeated with a 51-21 victory over Connecticut, setting up an undefeated matchup with Clemson.

Here’s some of the games to keep an eye on this week in the ACC.

Virginia at NC State
NC State (3-0) opens conference play when it welcomes Virginia to Raleigh on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Finley has found success through the air this season and is averaging 352 passing yards per game. Virginia (3-1, 1-0 ACC) comes off an impressive victory over conference opponent Louisville, 27-3. Quarterback Bryce Perkins threw for 197 yards and rushed for another 78 in the convincing win.

Florida State at Louisville
Both teams enter the contest at 2-2 on the season. Florida State (2-2, 0-2) may have course-corrected its season with a 37-19 victory over NIU. The Seminoles had their best offensive output against an FBS team, gaining 352 passing and 121 rushing yards on route to their highest score of the 2018 season. Louisville struggled in its conference opener at Virginia, falling 27-3, but now it turns its attention to its conference home opener. Both teams will look to get their offenses on track in this game.

Virginia Tech at No. 22 Duke
Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0) suffered its first loss of 2018, losing 49-35 to Old Dominion. The Hokies lost quarterback Josh Jackson to a broken fibula in their game. Redshirt junior Ryan Willis replaced Jackson and threw for 131 yards and ran for 23 more. Willis will get the start against the Blue Devils. No. 22 Duke enters conference play with a 4-0 record after a 55-13 win over NC Central, and in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2015. Duke has its share of quarterback issues as starter Quentin Harris threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns before leaving with an injury. Harris was starting in place of original starter Daniel Jones. Harris is expected to start against the Hokies.

Other ACC Games:
Thursday
North Carolina (1-2, 1-0) @ No. 16 Miami (3-1)

Saturday
Syracuse (4-0, 1-0) @ No. 3 Clemson (4-0, 1-0)
Temple (2-2) @ Boston College (3-1)
Bowling Green (1-3) @ Georgia Tech (1-3)
Pittsburgh (2-2) @ No. 13 UCF (3-0)
Rice (1-3) @ Wake Forest (2-2)

Visit www.sunbowl.org for a chance to win tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl. A team from the ACC/Notre Dame will take on a team from the Pac-12 on Dec. 31, 2018 at noon in El Paso, Texas.

By Michael Lujan on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl

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WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade September 24, 2018

WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced on Tuesday, Sept. 25 that WWE Superstar Sin Cara will be the Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

Sin Cara was born on Sept. 5, 1977 in El Paso, Texas. Growing up in El Segundo Barrio, he began wrestling at Burges High School where he was an accomplished state champion multiple times. He went undefeated during his senior year and was nominated to be “Athlete of the Year” in El Paso.

“With the theme of our parade being ‘Amazing Feats’ we figured we needed to choose someone who has accomplished something big and amazing,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “How much more amazing does it get than making it to one of the biggest stages in the world, the WWE? To have someone from El Paso who is so successful and inspirational as our Grand Marshal is amazing in itself.”

Sin Cara has forged a strong international following and has become very popular for his masks as well as for his high-flying wrestling style. He made his WWE debut on Aug. 12, 2011.

“When I finally made it to the WWE, I knew I accomplished something amazing and all the hard work paid off,” Sin Cara said.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Sin Cara knew he needed to do everything he could to reach his dream. While working towards his goal of becoming a professional wrestler in the early 2000s, under the ring name “Mistico”, Sin Cara worked in his grandfather’s funeral home in Juarez, Mexico and gained a degree in embalming and funeral director services in Mexico.

Watching Luchadores as a child, Sin Cara knew exactly which direction he wanted to go.

Luchadores are traditionally more agile and perform more aerial maneuvers than professional wrestlers in the United States, who more often rely on power and hard strikes to subdue their opponents. The difference in styles is due to the independent evolution of the sport in Mexico beginning in the 1930s and the fact that Luchadores in the cruiserweight division (peso semicompleto) are often the most popular wrestlers in Mexican lucha libre. Luchadores execute characteristic high-flying attacks by using the wrestling ring’s ropes to catapult themselves towards their opponents, using intricate combinations in rapid-fire succession, and applying complex submission holds. Aerial maneuvers are almost always performed to opponents outside the ring, allowing the luchador to break his fall with an acrobatic tumble.

In WWE, the soaring Superstar birthed a new legacy, wowing viewers around the world with spectacular displays of agility and airborne attacks as well as joining forces with Kalisto to form the championship-winning tandem of The Lucha Dragons.

Watching Sin Cara take to the air to send Superstars spinning, whirling and scrambling for recovery is more than just observing a world-traveled competitor in his natural element; it’s to witness the impossible.

WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

ABOUT THE PARADE
The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

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This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (Blog) - Sept. 19-22 September 19, 2018

This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (Blog) - Sept. 19-22

EL PASO, Texas – Three full weeks of the 2018 college football season are in the books and we are starting to get a clearer picture of which teams are real contenders for playoff spots and bowl games. For most teams, conference play begins this week, although there have been a few teams to take on conference opponents already, such as Stanford and USC, who faced each other in week two.

Pac-12
There weren’t many surprising results this past week in the Pac-12. Teams like Washington, Stanford, Oregon, and Washington State all came away with victories and kept their momentum going in the right direction. The biggest surprise came with USC’s loss to Texas 37-14, though many people are high on Texas. Arizona State lost its first game under coach Herm Edwards, 28-21 to San Diego State. UCLA continued its early season struggles, losing 38-14 to Fresno State dropping the Bruins to 0-3.

Here’s some games to keep an eye on this week:

Washington State at USC
One of the more intriguing games this week, sees Washington State traveling to Los Angeles to take on USC, Friday night. The Cougars bring a 3-0 record in to face off against a Trojan team that has struggled early and holds a 1-2 record. USC was held to minus-5-yards against Texas last week and may find it challenging to run the ball against a Cougar team that is allowing 96.3 rushing yards per game.

Arizona State at No. 10 Washington
Arizona State suffered its first loss of the season and will be challenged to find a way to rebound against No. 10 Washington on the road. The Huskies are coming off a victory over Pac-12 opponent Utah, 21-7, a game in which Washington allowed just 261 offensive yards to the Utes. Arizona State will have a big test to attempt to get its third will of the season this week.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon
ESPN’s College Gameday will be live from Eugene, Oregon, to preview No. 7 Stanford against No. 20 Oregon on Saturday. The Cardinal will be on the road for the first time this season and it will be worth keeping an eye on how they react in front of the crowd of over 54,000 people packed into Autzen Stadium. The Ducks are averaging 503 yards, and 51.7 points per game, while the Cardinal are allowing 7.7 points and just 301 yards per game.

Other Pac-12 Games (Saturday):
Arizona (1-2) @ Oregon State (1-2)

ACC
Like the Pac-12, there weren’t many surprises in the previous week for ACC teams. Clemson continued winning and Miami is heading in the right direction after a loss in the opener against LSU. Florida State looks shaky after two early season losses while Duke continues to look impressive and it may enter conference play with a 4-0 record if it handles business this week.

Many of the ACC teams have been playing out-of-conference games the past few weeks, so it’s exciting now that many of them will begin playing their tough conference schedules in the next few weeks.

Here’s a few games to watch this weekend:

No. 23 Boston College at Purdue
Yes, Purdue is 0-3, but they’ve lost those games by a combined eight points. Don’t let the Boilermakers record fool you into thinking this team is done. The Boilermakers are close to picking up their first win of the season, and they’d love to do it against a ranked opponent this week. Boston College heads into the weekend 3-0, including wins over Massachusetts and Holy Cross. You beat who are scheduled, and the Eagles have done that, but this may prove to be their biggest test of the early season, and it won’t help that it’s on the road.

NIU at Florida State
The Seminoles are sitting at 1-2 overall on the season under first-year coach Willie Taggart. The Seminoles will try to get back to .500 on the year this Saturday against Northern Illinois (1-2) as they are favored by 9.5 points. NIU averages 12.3 points per game, while FSU averages 15.3, so it might not be a high-scoring affair this weekend.

Louisville at Virginia
A team that is popular among Sun Bowl participant predictions is Louisville. The Cardinals stand at 2-1 and travel to take on conference opponent Virginia (2-1). Last season the Cardinals handled the Cavaliers, 38-21, but that was with quarterback and former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. This year, Malik Cunningham, who replaced Jawon Pass in the second quarter of the Western Kentucky game, will get the start on Saturday.

No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Wake Forest enters this week at 2-1, after losing to Boston College 41-34 last week. The Demon Deacons will host No. 8 Notre Dame, in what is the Fighting Irish’s first road game of the season. Notre Dame looks to remain undefeated after an impressive showing against Michigan in week one, and an eight-point win over Ball State, 24-16, which was followed by a five-point victory over Vanderbilt, 22-17.

Other ACC Games (All Games on Saturday):
Florida International (2-1) @ No. 21 Miami (2-1)
Pittsburgh (2-1, 1-0 ACC) @ North Carolina (0-2)
No. 3 Clemson (3-0) @ Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
No. 13 Virginia Tech (2-0) @ Old Dominion (0-3)
North Carolina Central (1-1) @ Duke (3-0)
NC State (2-0) @ Marshall (2-0)
UConn (1-2) @ Syracuse (3-0)

Visit www.sunbowl.org for a chance to win tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl. A team from the ACC/Notre Dame will take on a team from the Pac-12 on Dec. 31, 2018 at noon in El Paso, Texas.

By Michael Lujan on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Sept. 19, 2018

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