On tap for Saturday: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl

| Thursday, December 16, 2010

Some cold and snow won’t keep football fans away from the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl this weekend in Idaho, and some of those fans will be rolling into Boise Saturday on 18 wheels.

The college bowl game is sponsored by mobile transportation solution provider UDrove, a name well known to truckers. For weeks prior to the game, UDrove offered complimentary tickets to CDL holders online and has planned a number of trucking-specific attractions.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on the Bronco Stadium’s blue turf at Boise State University on Dec. 18 as the Fresno State Bulldogs take on the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Before the game – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – trucker football fans can visit the Caven-Williams Sports Center for the uDrove Transportation Expo and a tailgate party sponsored by Roady’s Truck Stops.

UDrove, along with Arkansas-based Fikes Truck Line, will sponsor the appearance of Lisa Kelly of Ice Road Truckers. Kelly will sign autographs and appear at the tailgate party.

During the game, Truckload Carrier Conference’s Highway Angel of the Year will be honored. On Nov. 13, 2009, OOIDA Member Shawn Hubbard, a professional truck driver with Ruan Transport Corp., pulled Armando Duenas from almost certain death just seconds before the car Duenas had been traveling in burst into flames.

Rising country star Lindsay Lawler will sing her new song “Highway Angel” just before the kickoff.

The St. Christopher Fund Medical Resources Vehicle, aka the MeRV, will be on site offering health information and screening services. MeRV operator and OOIDA Senior Member Jon Osburn will have an OOIDA table set up as well. If you join or renew your membership at the MeRV, you’ll receive a $20 discount. While you’re there you can sign a card to be included in Truckers for Troops care packages.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio. If you’re watching the game on TV, the Truckload Carriers Conference has planned a commercial that will air during the first quarter that gives kudos to the Wreaths Across America project and the volunteer efforts of truckers.

For more information on the Humanitarian Bowl, click here.