Kids Take the Field at the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic featuring Marcus Robertson and Chad Brown

On Saturday, June 18, more than 200 children from Southern California, ran out on the field at Rose Bowl Stadium to take part in the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic featuring Marcus Robertson and Chad Brown.

The event, hosted by the Rose Bowl Game and the City of Pasadena, was a free half-day clinic that gave attendees the chance to work with college football coaches; run offensive, defensive and agility drills; learn proper techniques to promote on-field safety; and learn about the importance of character development and good sportsmanship.

“The Rose Bowl Game’s annual youth football clinic began in 2010 and it’s really evolved through the years,” said Brittany Mohr, Senior Manager of Team and Conference Operations of the Rose Bowl Game. “With the support of our partners at Northwestern Mutual and the City of Pasadena, this year’s clinic was one of our most successful clinics to date and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

For the first time in the clinic’s history, the event took place at the Rose Bowl Stadium and included community booths at the Court of Champions and a chance for parents to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.

“This year’s clinic gave us an opportunity to engage our community in a way that we’ve never done before,” said LaWayne Williams, Senior Director of Community Relations at the Tournament of Roses. “It’s all about giving back to the youth in our area and for the first time in its history, we also worked with local organizations to have a community activation space that both kids and parents could enjoy.”


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History of the Rose Bowl Game Trophy

TROPHY 32814_046Since the first Rose Bowl Game, when Michigan played Stanford at Tournament Park, three different championship trophies have represented the Rose Bowl Game.

The first trophy, known as the Helms Trophy (Helms Hall of Fame), was a “perpetual trophy” presented to the winner of the game each year. This trophy used from 1902 through 1989 was given a new inscription each year with the name of the winning university. This large silver bowl is sculpted in roses and includes intricate design details.

Prior to 1989, the Rose Bowl Game champion did not receive their own trophy to take back to campus. However, the teams in the 1942 Rose Bowl Game, the only game played outside of Pasadena in Durham, North Carolina due to concerns surrounding World War II, did receive their own trophy. That year, host Duke University created a trophy for the victor of that year’s game, Oregon State also adding the names of the players and staff. The Duke University team was awarded the same trophy to acknowledge the great effort that allowed the Rose Bowl Game to be played that year under challenging circumstances.

The desire to create a Rose Bowl Game trophy that could be given to the winning university gave way to the creation of the second Rose Bowl Game trophy. In 1989, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses commissioned the Pasadena Arts School to create a design that could be adopted as the Game’s second trophy. This trophy donned a gold football on a marble base with silver goal posts stretching up to the sky. This trophy was used from 1989 until 2004.

As the structure of college football post-season bowls continued to evolve, the Tournament of Roses began the creative process of producing a trophy reflective of the greatest college football game in America – a trophy that would be an adequate representation of the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

The Rose Bowl Game’s third and current trophy, the Leishman Trophy, is handmade each year by Tiffany & Co. The trophy is approximately 21-inches tall and features a 3/4-size football rendered entirely in sterling silver. A replica of this trophy is located in the football room of the Tournament House along with the other two past Rose Bowl Game trophies. A new trophy is created each year for the champion and takes close to three months to complete.

The Leishman Trophy has only been altered once since its inception in 2005 to commemorate the 100th Rose Bowl Game in 2014. That trophy was trimmed in gold to honor the special occasion. This trophy, truly one-of-a-kind, can be found in the athletic department of that years’ champion, Michigan State University.

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Share Your Inspiring Stories, Win a trip to America’s New Year Celebration



With less than three months to go, the 126th Rose Parade on January 1, 2015 promises to be an inspiring and unforgettable celebration and we want to hear from you!

The theme of the 2015 parade, “Inspiring Stories,” encourages us to reflect on and appreciate the many people around us who elevate the human spirit.  The 2015 parade Grand Marshal, Louis Zamperini, was the embodiment of an inspiring story.

His story will continue to be shared on New Year’s Day and your own personal inspiring stories will be showcased through our new #RoseParade #Inspiring Stories social media campaign. We encourage you to submit an inspiring photo, story or video through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. With each entry, you become eligible to win a trip for two to the 2015 Rose Parade presented by Honda and the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Simply share your stories with the hashtags, #RoseParade and #Inspiring. Upon your submission, you will be able to view them here.

What inspires you? We can’t wait to hear your stories.

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Lobby Transformation Gives Visitors a Taste of America’s New Year Celebration®

Guests visiting the new Tournament of Roses® lobby will have no problem visualizing New Year’s Day in Pasadena. Replacing the original office lobby added to the back of Wrigley Mansion in the 1960s and having undergone previous renovations throughout the years, the new lobby features a neutral, modern color palate and innovative use of technology.

Showcasing the Tournament of Roses’ signature events, the lobby features two paneled murals backlit by 24 LED light panels: one of the Rose Parade® located to the right of the entrance and one of the Rose Bowl Game® behind the front CaesarStone counter. New features also include two large TV monitors and a wall of memorabilia.

Similar to a stamp of approval, the Association seal can be found amid the Terrazzo floor – a process that took two weeks to construct and install.

Wrigley Mansion (also known as Tournament House) has served as the headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1958 when the Wrigley family presented the mansion to the city of Pasadena with the request that it become the base operations for the Tournament of Roses.

Tournament House is open to the public for free guided tours every Thursday from February through August. The Tournament office is open year round, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t wait until New Year’s Day to experience the magic of America’s New Year Celebration? Stop by the lobby to see the transformation!

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Northwestern Mutual hosts Youth Football Clinic

Football season is just around the corner and athletes – of all ages – are getting ready. On Saturday, June 28, 150 boys and girls, ages five to 14, exercised both their mental and on-field skills at the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic at Robinson Park in Pasadena.

Following opening remarks by Tournament of Roses® President Rich Chinen, participants worked with college football coaches and student athletes from both the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles, running offensive and defensive agility drills. Participants also learned proper techniques to promote on-field football safety and learned about the importance character development and good sportsmanship.

After working up a sweat at the free, half-day clinic, participants were provided lunch and each received a t-shirt to commemorate the day.

After working up a sweat at the free, half-day clinic, participants were provided lunch and each received a t-shirt to commemorate the day.

An annual event previously hosted by NCAA Football, the Northwestern Mutual Youth Football Clinic marks the Tournament of Roses’ fifth year of involvement and the first event for Northwestern Mutual as the new presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl Game®.

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Tournament Hits a Home Run with Vin Scully as 2014 Grand Marshal

Dreams have come true for sports fans everywhere – especially Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins has selected Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully as the 2014 Grand Marshal. Announced at Tournament House on Thursday, September 5, Scully was made to feel right at home with flourishes from “the national pastime.”

With pennants hung from balconies, Dodger Blue curtains framing the front door, and Cracker Jack being munched by the crowd, anticipation built, along with speculation, as the music of an organ accompanied the murmur of the anxious attendees. Following introductory remarks by President Jenkins and the familiar rally of “Charge!” from the organist, the drapes parted to reveal the beaming 85-year-old broadcast legend.

“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant Thursday to you!”

“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant Thursday to you!”

After a standing ovation and cheers from the audience, Scully applauded the Executive Committee for inviting him during one of the Dodgers’ more successful seasons, and predicted that the team will win the Western Division. All jokes and his fun-loving nature aside, Scully expressed his sincere gratitude.

“I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to be the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade,” he said. “I look forward to sharing this wonderful moment with my wife, Sandi, and the millions who will be watching.”

An icon spanning generations, Scully’s professional baseball broadcasting career began in 1950 and continues today. In fact, Scully will call his 65th season for the Dodgers in 2014. Despite numerous awards and having witnessed some of the greatest moments in baseball history, Scully remains humble and plans on using his time as Grand Marshal to connect with and thank the sports fans who continue to provide the roar of the crowd that he has loved since childhood.

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Tom Mickle BCS Intern Comes to Tournament of Roses

Meet Doug Ingels!  Doug is the Tournament of Roses’ new Game Media Assistant, a position he obtained because of his selection as the 2013-14 Tom Mickle BCS Intern.

Doug Ingels with Coaches

Mickle was an admired sports professional who made many contributions to college football in general and to the development of the BCS in particular. At the time of his death in 2006, Mickle was the executive director of Florida Citrus Sports, host of the Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. Prior to that, he was an assistant commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference and it was during his time there that he sketched out the beginnings of what would later become the BCS. Before his post at the ACC, Mickle had been an assistant athletics director at Duke University. He was himself a Duke graduate.

Following Mickle’s death, conference commissioners and directors of the four BCS bowls decided to honor his legacy by creating a program to place an intern at the bowl that will host that year’s BCS championship. It’s a win for everyone: the bowl staff gets an extra person (paid by the BCS) to help as they pull together two games just days apart, the intern gets incomparable work experience on two top-level college football games, and a man whose name is enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, as a recipient of the Football Writers Association of America’s Bert McGrane Award, is annually remembered and celebrated.

Doug just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in May. He earned a degree in journalism and economics, and served as a student manager for the Badgers football team during three consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearances. Even though this isn’t his first time in Pasadena, being the Mickle Intern will make the coming months all the more special.

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