25th Delaney Bowl surrounded by activities April 10-11 supporting Demon football

NSU DemonsNATCHITOCHES – Golf entries and tickets are available to a Cochon de Lait, crawfish boil, live auction and golf tournament April 10-11 supporting Northwestern State football, with the events celebrating the 25th anniversary of NSU’s Joe Delaney Bowl spring football game.

Entries and tickets can be obtained by contacting the Demon football office at 318-357-5252, football operations director Dan Korn at 357-4560 (kornd@bellsouth.net) or any Coaches Cabinet Association member.

The 25th Annual Joe Delaney Bowl at 5:30 on Thursday, April 10 wraps up NSU’s spring practices under second-year coach Jay Thomas. Admission is free to the game in Turpin Stadium.

Tickets at $40 per person provide admission to a pregame barbeque and Cochon de Lait beginning at 4 p.m., and a postgame crawfish boil starting at 7, at the Collins Family Pavilion, the cornerstone of the Demon Alley tailgating area at the south end of the NSU football practice field. A silent auction begins at 7 and a live auction of sports experiences, trips, goods and services, and memorabilia will follow around 8 under the pavilion.

The Joe Delaney Golf Tournament on Friday, April 11 has morning (8 a.m.) and afternoon (1 p.m.) tee times at the Demon Hills Golf Course. Four-person teams can enter for $500 with individual entries at $125. Sponsorship packages are also available.

The items up for auction on Thursday evening, April 10, include traveling with the Demons on road trips to NSU games in 2014; several fishing trips to various hot spots in and out of state, sure to fill ice chests; a dove hunting trip to Mexico;  getaway travel trips to Montreal and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; and NSU and LSU sports VIP experiences, along with an impressive array of autographed helmets, balls and other items signed by some of the sports’ world’s biggest stars.

Money raised by the events will help support the Demon football program.

Delaney was a two-sport All-American at Northwestern, playing football and running track from 1977-81. He was a two-time football All-American at tailback who became the 1981 AFC Rookie of the Year for the Kansas City Chiefs, just months after capping his NSU career as a member of the 1981 NCAA champion 4×100 meter relay team.

A Pro Bowl running back for the Chiefs, Delaney drowned in a heroic June 1983 attempt to rescue three children, one who survived. Northwestern’s football permanent team captains annually receive the Joe Delaney Memorial Leadership Awards, and since 1989, the spring football game has been called the Joe Delaney Bowl. A memorial shrine to Delaney sits underneath the home stands on the west side of Turpin Stadium.