One of the really cool events surrounding the Champs Sports Bowl and in conjunction with the Capital One bowl is the Day for Kids which took place on Wednesday.
Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty opens both the Day for Kids event and Bowl-a-Palooza with members from each of the four bowl teams.
Players from both the Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl participated in the Day for Kids event on Wednesday, December 26. The event took place at the Orange County Convention Center from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony opened both the Day for Kids event and the Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest.
Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty and Florida Citrus Sports President Ford Kiene led the ceremony. They were assisted by representatives from the University of Florida, University of Michigan, Boston College and Michigan State.
Following the ceremony, over 350 children from Central Florida organizations, like Starlight Starbright, Lakeland Boys and Girls Club, New Hope for Kids, Lee Middle School, Focus Orlando and City Teenz, met each team's players to take part in the event.
The children and players particpated in activities ranging from face painting and meeting Disney characters to carnival games and flag football. They also were entertained by balloon-sculpters, music and video games.
As you can see, Kaleb Thornhill (above right) was none to pleased with the presence of the UM players (not pictured). (Settle down Kaleb, we'll get through this. LOL!)
Michigan State senior safety Tom Dance got a chance for a little time in the spotlight as he introduces his Day for Kids child to Disney character, Mickey Mouse.