Reservations being taken for Aug. 22 Independence Bowl Foundation/Northwestern State Kickoff Luncheon

One week before the Northwestern State football team kicks off its 2019 season, it will continue a decades-long tradition – the Independence Bowl Foundation/Northwestern State Kickoff Luncheon at Superior’s Steakhouse in Shreveport.

Reservations for the 11:45 a.m. program Aug. 22 are being accepted by contacting the Independence Bowl office at 318-222-0172 or toll free at 888-414-BOWL (2695). Tickets are available for $20.

The event falls one week before the Demons begin their 2019 season with an Aug. 29 matchup at UT Martin. As is custom, head coach Brad Laird and Director of Athletics Greg Burke will address the crowd, which is nearing its 25th anniversary.

Burke’s first public function as Northwestern State’s AD was the 1996 Independence Bowl/NSU Kickoff Luncheon.

“This event always signals the fact football season is approaching and serves as a rallying point in a market that has a high volume of ardent Demon supporters,” said Burke, who begins his 24th year in charge of NSU athletics. “NSU continues to be appreciative of (Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Executive Director) Missy Setters and the Independence Bowl Executive Committee for continuing to provide this opportunity to promote the upcoming season.”

Laird echoed Burke’s thoughts about the importance of both relationships with the Shreveport area and the bowl itself.

“The Shreveport area and NSU share a long-standing relationship, one we respect and will continue to nurture,” Laird said. “We feel the same way about what we have built with the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. The Kickoff Luncheon is something we always look forward to, because of our friendship with the people at the bowl office. It serves as a tremendous way to kick off both of our seasons.”

The 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl is set for Dec. 26 at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.

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