Mayor Vincent C. Gray is looking forward to the renewal of a D.C. Thanksgiving Day tradition, where the 42nd annual Safeway Turkey Bowl pits the Dunbar Senior High School Crimson Tide against the Coolidge Senior High School Colts.
The game takes place at 11 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 24, at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. in Northeast.
"While I'll be cheering for my Crimson Tide, both teams and all D.C. Public Schools are winners with the renaissance of the Turkey Bowl," Mayor Gray, a Dunbar alumnus, said. "Safeway's generous sponsorship and Comcast's partnership in broadcasting the game mark a new era in this grand old tradition."
Gray announced earlier this year that Safeway had agreed to strengthen and promote the Turkey Bowl by sponsoring the game. The company is providing the District with a one-time cash payment of $100,000 and $50,000 in in-kind donations over three years in exchange for the sponsorship.
In a first, The Comcast Network (TCN) has also agreed to partner with the District in broadcasting the game. It will air at 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 25 on TCN, which is available in more than 1.8 million homes throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia.
The game will also be available on Comcast SportsNet on-demand.
"The Turkey Bowl is a great tradition in this community and is always one of the region's most compelling high school sporting events," said Rebecca Schulte, general manager for Comcast SportsNet. "We are very excited to support the event and look forward to bringing the game to our viewers throughout the area."
For more information, including ticket prices, for the 2011 Safeway Turkey Bowl, visit http://www.dc.gov/DCPS/ and click on the Turkey Bowl feature.