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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Looks Forward To 42nd Annual Turkey Bowl

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today looked ahead to the renewal of a DC Thanksgiving Day tradition this year, as the 42nd Annual Safeway Turkey Bowl will pit the Dunbar Senior High School Crimson Tide against the Coolidge Senior High School Colts on Thursday, November 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE.

“While I’ll be cheering for my Crimson Tide, both teams and all DC 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.”

Mayor 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 on TCN on Friday, Nov. 25, at 7:00 p.m. TCN is available in more than 1.8 million homes throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia. It 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 Comcast SportsNet/The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President & General Manager Rebecca Schulte. “We are very excited to support the event and look forward to bringing the game to our viewers throughout the area.”

The Safeway Turkey Bowl is the annual DC Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) Championship football game. Mayor Gray played in the Turkey Bowl as a student-athlete at Dunbar High School. For more information, including ticket prices, for the 2011 Safeway Turkey Bowl, visit and click on the Turkey Bowl feature.