The Allegiance Bowl Committee, Inc, was founded in 1999 as a not-for-profit corporation to organize and promote a charity football game between members of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) and to showcase the sport of sprint football. Comprised of volunteer members of the community, the organizing committee first sought league approval in 1999 to host the Allegiance Bowl. In 2005, the CSFL approved the Committee’s bid and awarded the bowl game to Saratoga Springs. The organizing committee sought a sponsor for the event and the Adirondack Trust Company, one of Northeastern New York’s premier financial institutions, enthusiastically agreed to become the major underwriter for the event. Invitations were extended to teams from Army and Princeton to compete in the first ever collegiate football game in Saratoga Springs, and the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl was born. The cadets of West Point would claim the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl championship trophy in that first game. The following year, Cornell met Penn in an exciting contest which was not decided until the final play. Cornell would eventually win the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl and go on to an undefeated season, becoming the 2006 CSFL champions. In 2007, Army and Navy played before a capacity crowd which set a CSFL attendance record for that season, and in 2008 Navy and Cornell met in their first Allegiance Bowl match-up. The 2009 event saw Army and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania meet for the first time ever in sprint football action and in 2010, Navy met Penn for their first Allegiance Bowl contest. The 2011 match up saw another Army/Navy epic battle.
The Allegiance Bowl presents two trophies at the conclusion of the bowl game: the Adirondack Trust Championship Trophy and the Ken Kunken Most Valuable Player Award. The championship trophy is presented to the victorious team by the bowl game’s major sponsor. The Most Valuable Player Award is presented to a deserving participant by the Allegiance Bowl Committee to honor the inspirational life and extraordinary character of Ken Kunken, a member of the 1970 Cornell University team, who sustained a paralyzing injury during a sprint football game.
2011 - Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Allegiance Bowl Champion
Most Valuable Player Award
|2012 Army vs. Post||Army||Javier Sustaita, Army|
|2011 Army vs. Navy||Navy||David Williams, Navy|
|2010 Navy vs Penn||Penn||Mike Bagnoli, Penn|
|2009 Army vs. Mansfield||Army||Benjamin Johnson, Army|
|2008 Navy vs. Cornell||Navy||Bryce Brigham, Navy|
|2007 Army vs. Navy||Navy||Enrique Harris, Navy|
|2006 Cornell vs. Penn||Cornell||Zak Dentes, Cornell|
|2005 Army vs. Princeton||Army||Andrew Bigelow, Army|