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American Junior Golf Association David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior Returns to Shreveport-Bossier

Monday, 24 June, 2013 15:40 by Chris Jay

Event will be held at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, July 23-25

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will return to Shreveport-Bossier, July 23-25, when it hosts the AJGA David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior at Southern Trace Country Club. Last year’s inaugural event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and three countries. Shreveporter Eric Ricard, a 2013 LSU signee and current Louisiana State Amateur Champion, won the 2012 event after posting scores of 71-68-70 for a tournament total 7-under-par 209. In the Girls Division, Elizabeth Doty, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., took home her first AJGA Championship with a tournament total 1-over-par 217. Sponsors of the AJGA David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior include the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Superior’s Steakhouse and Superior Grill. A qualifier for the AJGA David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior will be held at Palmetto Country Club on Sunday, July 21. Registration is now open at

“We’re excited to be back at Southern Trace for a second year,” said AJGA Director of Tournament Operations Jeremy Freyman. “There’s a great deal of local and national talent involved in this tournament, and we expect to see some fantastic scores.”

A Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament will be held on Monday, July 22, at Southern Trace Country Club, with all proceeds benefitting the David Toms Foundation and the AJGA Foundation. For more information on the AJGA David Toms Foundation Junior or the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, visit   

The mission of the David Toms Foundation is to provide opportunities for at-risk boys and girls while helping underprivileged, abused and abandoned children through funding programs that are designed to enhance a child's character, self-esteem and career possibilities.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA Foundation forms the backbone of support necessary to help guarantee that future generations of AJGA community members are given the same opportunities as those that preceded them.  Over the past decade, AJGA Junior-Ams have raised more than $1 million for junior programs.

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Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten to Speak at AdvoCare V100 Bowl’s Fourth-Annual Kickoff Luncheon

Thursday, 6 June, 2013 14:02 by Chris Jay

Tickets Now Available for July 17 Event at Shreveport Convention Center

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten will be the featured speaker at the Fourth Annual AdvoCare V100 Bowl Kickoff Luncheon scheduled for 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 17 at the Shreveport Convention Center in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. Tickets for the luncheon are now available for $50 each. Tables of eight are available for $400. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AdvoCare V100 Bowl office at (318) 221-0712 or toll-free at (888) 414-BOWL (2695). Tickets can also be purchased online at by clicking the “Tickets” link.

“It's a privilege to have All-Pro Dallas Cowboy tight end Jason Witten as this year's featured speaker at the AdvoCare V100 Bowl Kickoff Luncheon,” 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl Chairman John Hubbard said. “Named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year last year, Jason's passion for community goes beyond his accomplishments on the field. Whether you wear black and gold or silver and blue, Jason's message is for you.”

Drafted by Dallas out of the University of Tennessee in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Witten is in his 11th season with the Cowboys. His 806 career receptions rank first in Cowboys’ history and third in the NFL among tight ends. His 8,948 career receiving yards also ranks third in NFL history among tight ends. Witten has been named to the Pro Bowl eight times, including seven-consecutive years from 2004-10, as well as 2012. He has also been voted an All-Pro six times, in 2004, 2007-10 and 2012.

Witten enjoyed a career year in 2012, hauling in an NFL record for tight ends and Cowboys’ franchise record 110 receptions for 1,039 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 8 against the New York Giants, Witten caught 18 passes for 169 yards, which is the NFL record for tight ends and Cowboys’ franchise record for receptions in a game.
Along with being one of the best tight ends in NFL history, Witten is also dedicated to the betterment of the community. Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation has established a number of programs to combat domestic violence. He has also helped establish Learning Centers at the Boys and Girls Clubs in East Dallas, his hometown of Elizabethtown, Tenn. and in Knoxville, Tenn. He also hosts a free youth football clinic in Elizabethtown, with about 1,200 kids in attendance each year.

Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012, which recognizes a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as on-field excellence.

5 Ways to Experience “Louisiana’s Other Side” at the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

Tuesday, 4 December, 2012 8:12 by Chris Jay

Shreveport-Bossier Offers Authentic Louisiana Cuisine, Live Music and 24-Hour Riverfront Nightlife for Visiting Fans

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl will feature the Ohio University Bobcats taking on the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks in the 37th installment of the Independence Bowl, set for Friday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. The match-up will take place at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. For more game information or to purchase tickets visit or call (888) 414-BOWL.

Located at a cultural crossroads where two great American heritages blend, Shreveport-Bossier is equally influenced by the Cajun and Creole traditions of Louisiana and the wide-open, independent spirit of Texas. Fans who are planning to attend the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl are encouraged to take time to explore the region known as “Louisiana’s Other Side”.

Here are five essential Shreveport-Bossier experiences that no fan should miss out on while visiting the area:

1. Get a Taste of Louisiana Seafood

Louisiana is known for fresh, delicious seafood and Shreveport-Bossier is no exception. Visit Herby-K’s (1833 Pierre Ave., Shreveport) for a legendary Shrimp Buster sandwich, or grab authentic, New Orleans-style po-boys at Kim’s Seafood and Po-Boy (901 Benton Rd., Bossier City). For fine dining, visit 2John’s Steak and Seafood (2151 Airline Dr., Bossier City) or Wine Country Bistro (4801 Line Ave., Shreveport). 

2. Hit the Casinos for 24-Hour Riverfront Fun

Shreveport-Bossier City’s five riverboat casinos and horseracing track at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs (8000 East Texas St., Bossier City) lend 24-hour excitement to the region's entertainment offerings. In Shreveport, Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino and Eldorado Resort Casino are located along Clyde Fant Parkway in the heart of downtown. Just across the Red River in Bossier City, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel can be found, along with Boomtown Casino & Hotel and DiamondJacks Casino and Resort. All five casinos offer 24-hour gaming action, a variety of restaurant options, and more. 

3. Experience Local Night Life

Another well-known element of life in Louisiana is the unique and vibrant culture to be found in nightclubs, bars and other music venues. Noble Savage Tavern (417 Texas St., Shreveport) is a popular downtown gathering place with live music nightly. Noble Savage Tavern will feature live, 50’s-style rock from The Dragstrip Phantoms following the Independence Bowl. Also located in downtown Shreveport, Lake Street Dancehall (425 Lake Street, Shreveport) is a two-story bar with eclectic live music and a distinctly Louisiana vibe. Lake Street Dance Hall will feature live rock and blues from the Soulfish Blues Band following the game. Especially for country music fans, Bossier City’s Rockin’ Rodeo (1003 Gould Dr., Bossier City) is a favorite spot for dancing.

4. Shop ‘Til You Drop 

One of the most popular shopping destinations in Shreveport-Bossier is The Louisiana Boardwalk (540 Boardwalk Blvd., Bossier City), a riverfront lifestyle and shopping center featuring more than 60 retail and outlet shops including a giant Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The Louisiana Boardwalk will host the Independence Bowl Pep Rally, featuring team mascots, cheerleaders and Mardi Gras floats, at 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27. Youree Drive in Shreveport is home to multiple shopping centers, popular eateries and more.

5. Family Fun     

Traveling with family? Located on the Shreveport riverfront, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center (820 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport) was recently selected by Parents magazine as one of the “Top 10 Science Centers in the U.S.” Now through January 20, 2013, Sci-Port is hosting the blockbuster traveling exhibit “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Artspace (710 Texas St., Shreveport), a multi-floor interactive arts center, is another must-visit for families. On display through January 26, “The Making of Guardians” exhibit is a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the DreamWorks Animation film Rise of the Guardians.  

For a complete calendar of things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier, visit or


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Ascend Combat to Host “Season’s Beatings 4”, Saturday, Dec. 8 at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

Friday, 30 November, 2012 10:33 by Chris Jay

Fight card will be headlined by Zach “Sunshine” Jones taking on Kevin “Angel of Death” Aguilar

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Double Vision MMA will present Ascend Combat’s “Season’s Beatings 4”, Saturday, Dec. 8, live from the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a start time of 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $20 and will be $25 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (318) 402-7073.

Ascend Combat is putting the finishing touches on a stellar card of fights featuring a mix of amateur and professional fighters which include fan favorites Allen Smith, Jovon “The Beast” Roberson, Michael Crisp and Nicholas Jackson. The event is headlined by a professional bout between Zach “Sunshine” Jones and Kevin “Angel of Death” Aguilar.

“As always, we’ve saved the best for last. This is, without a doubt, the best card we’ve ever put together,” said Kim Addison, founder of Ascend Combat.
The event will also be streamed, via The Cagesiders, online at for a purchase price of $9.95.

For more information on Ascend Combat, visit

Port City Classic Still On For Saturday, Sept. 1

Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 13:26 by Chris Jay

Hurricane Isaac should be well north of Shreveport by Saturday and should pose no threat to Port City Classic festivities

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University athletic officials have been and will be in constant contact with the National Weather Service in Shreveport. Currently, they are closely monitoring Hurricane Isaac and how the storm will impact north Louisiana over the next 24-48 hours. Meteorologists have forecasted that the weather system will begin to move into the area on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The storm should be well north of Shreveport by Saturday and should not pose any threat to the Port City Classic festivities. Kick-off of the 2012 Port City Classic featuring the Grambling State University Tigers and the Alcorn State University Braves is slated for 6 p.m. at Independence Stadium. For more information on the 2012 Port City Classic, visit

Santoria Black
GSU Sports Information Director
(318) 274-6199

Forrest Wood Cup Coming to Shreveport-Bossier in 2013

Monday, 13 August, 2012 6:36 by Chris Jay

FLW Outdoors to host “world championship of bass fishing” on the Red River, Aug. 15-18, 2013

DULUTH, GA – The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, will be held on the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier, Aug. 15-18, 2013, event organizers announced today from this year’s event on Lake Lanier in Duluth, Georgia. FLW Outdoors’ most prestigious bass fishing tournament of the year, the Forrest Wood Cup will feature the top 35 pro anglers from the Walmart FLW Tour competing for as much as $500,000, while co-anglers compete for as much as $50,000. Red River South Marina will be the official launch site and CenturyLink Center will serve as the weigh-in site. In addition to the fishing action on the Red River, the Forrest Wood Cup Expo, featuring more than 150 vendors, will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center.

The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission is the official host organization for the 2013 event. Shreveport-Bossier was selected as host community for 2013 as a result of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission’s efforts, beginning with meetings at the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Event Symposium, held in Hartford, CT in April 2012. The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission is a division of the Shreveport Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in partnership with the City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Commission, the City of Bossier City and the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

“The FLW always enjoys coming to the Shreveport-Bossier area and building on that relationship, we were able to secure their biggest annual event,” said Kelly Wells, vice president of sports and tourism marketing for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “The entire FLW staff is top-notch to work with and they care about our community and how their event impacts the area. We knew going into negotiations that the event needed to be a fit for both sides, and we feel we were able to achieve that. The Sports Commission is excited to bring another high-quality event that the entire community can enjoy and rally behind.”

“Our proximity to the world-class fisheries found along the Red River, as well as our excellent hotels and facilities, make Shreveport-Bossier an ideal host community for the world championship of professional bass fishing,” said City of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover. “We expect that news of FLW’s decision to host their largest annual event in Shreveport-Bossier will be welcomed enthusiastically by the huge community of pro fishing enthusiasts across the country. We look forward to welcoming those fans and showing them what makes our region a ‘Sportsman’s Paradise.’” 

“I’m excited to have the FLW bring yet another top notch fishing tournament to the waters of the Red River,” said Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker. “Not only will this event have a positive economic impact on our area, but it will also provide our residents and visitors with an opportunity to see firsthand what big time competitive fishing is all about.”

As a host community, Shreveport-Bossier offers an exceptional variety of entertainment options for fans, including many major attractions located on or near the Red River. Casino action at six riverboat casinos and a thoroughbred racetrack, shopping and dining at the Louisiana Boardwalk, hands-on fun at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center and numerous hotels within a 10-minute drive of the event are just a few of the reasons why fans of professional fishing will not want to miss the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup.

To begin planning your visit to Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side, visit or call (800) 551-8682. For more information on sporting events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit

Shreveport-Bossier to Host 4th Annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival

Thursday, 19 July, 2012 9:53 by Chris Jay

Team registration now open for September 15 event

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The Rotary Club of Shreveport will present the 4th Annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival beginning at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 15 at Riverview Plaza on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. Dragon boat races will begin immediately following an opening ceremony. Registration is now open to dragon boat teams interested in participating in the event. 

This year, organizers have opened registration to youth teams ages 14-18, with parental consent. In addition to racing, the day-long event will also include food vendors and music. Patrol boats from the Caddo and Bossier Parish Sheriff departments, as well as the Louisiana Wildfire and Fisheries, will be on standby throughout the day.

Since its inception in 2008, the Red River Dragon Boat Festival has grown in popularity. Last year’s festival drew 29 teams, including teams from the Shreveport-Bossier, Lafayette, Dallas and Houston regions.

“It’s like coming and having a picnic with a thousand of your friends on the river because you can come out, watch the races, and watch the kids dancing. It’s just a great way to get out on a September weekend and have free fun,” festival co-chair Charlotta Nordyke said.

Admission is free for spectators. Registration is $900 per team. Each team must consist of 20 paddlers and a drummer. The registration fee includes a practice session on the Red River, festival t-shirt for each team member, a team tent at Riverview Plaza and a minimum of three races on festival day.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rotary Club of Shreveport’s outreach projects in education, social services and community. Call (318) 221-3053 or (318) 286-1274 or email at for registration and additional information.

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Louisiana is gearing up for the celebration of the century as the state marks its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2012. Involving both education and celebration, Bicentennial events are being planned in every corner of the state. For a statewide calendar of Louisiana events or information on planning a memorable visit to Louisiana, visit

Blast into the 4th of July holiday with the 28th annual Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K

Thursday, 28 June, 2012 13:18 by Chris Jay

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Over 3,000 people will kick off the Fourth of July holiday with the 28th annual Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K sponsored by Ark-La-Tex Cardiology in Shreveport, Louisiana. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th with the kids’ half-mile fun run. At 8 a.m., the 5K and Healthwalk will begin. All the fun begins in the parking lot behind Sears at Mall St. Vincent, located at 1133 St. Vincent Avenue in Shreveport. The run will make its way through the historic and beautiful Highland neighborhood. A portion of the proceeds of this year’s event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

“This is a great, healthy way to start the Fourth of July holiday,” states Matt Brown, race management. “Over the years, the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K has become a great tradition and a fun family event for the community.”

The first 101 males and 60 females to finish the race will receive a commemorative glass race mug. Every pre-registered participant will receive a 2012 Firecracker 5K shirt. Woody Nesbitt will provide patriotic music before and during the race. Local rock band The Bluebirds will perform at the huge post-race party starting at 9:30 a.m., complete with traditional Independence Day treats: hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream, Ozarka water and Michelob Ultra Beer.

Entries will be accepted up to race day. Entry fees are $20 through July 3 and $25 on race day. Entries are accepted at Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Avenue or online at

Media Contact:
Jeremy Wilburn, Race Coordinator
(318) 798-1241


Port City Classic Tickets Are Now On Sale

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 10:32 by Chris Jay

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA - The 2012 Port City Classic featuring the Grambling State University Tigers and the Alcorn State University Braves will be held Saturday, September 1, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kick-off for the game is set for 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at all Shreveport Federal Credit Union branches in Shreveport, Grambling and Bastrop, the Independence Bowl office and the State Fair of Louisiana office.

Ticket prices for the game are $125.00 for Club Suite Level Tickets, $20.00 for reserved seats, $15.00 for General Admission and $10.00 for Grambling and Alcorn students with a valid university ID. For more information or for group rate pricing, contact the Grambling State University ticket office at (318) 274-2625 or the Alcorn State University ticket office at (601) 877-6822.


Splat Zone Paintball Now Open at Barksdale Air Force Base

Tuesday, 5 June, 2012 12:30 by Chris Jay

Unique paintball facility to celebrate Father’s Day with $5 paintball tournament for Air Force families

BOSSIER CITY, LA – Splat Zone Paintball, a new paintball facility located at Clear Lake Park on Barksdale Air Force Base, is now open to the public each Saturday and Sunday, opening at 10 a.m. and closing one hour before dark. Members of the general public and groups of 10 or more are required to RSVP by the Monday previous to their desired visit date in order to arrange access to Barksdale Air Force Base. Members of the military are also asked to RSVP. To RSVP, contact Splat Zone Paintball at (318) 309-4152 or For up-to-date information regarding pricing, equipment rental fees, and rules and regulations, visit

In observance of Father’s Day, Splat Zone Paintball will host a Father’s Day Tournament on Saturday, June 16, with special promotional pricing for the first 40 United States Air Force fathers (active duty or retired) who RSVP. The first 40 qualified participants to RSVP will receive equipment rental and 1,000 paint balls, a $40 per person value, for $5 per person. In addition to offering promotional pricing, Splat Zone will be giving away a Tippman 98 Custom paintball rifle, as well as other prizes, during the Father’s Day event.    

Splat Zone Paintball currently houses three fields, with a fourth field – a professional-grade PSP Field – planned for installation this Summer. Splat Zone is the only area paintball course that allows full-auto style weapons to be used on their courses. Splat Zone offers a money-saving membership program for regular paintball players. For current membership details and pricing, visit

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