Please join us in celebrating our 45th Anniversary of the very first PIG BOWL FOOTBALL GAME
A small group of officers back in 1974 converted their good-natured badgering football scrimmage into a fundraising football game to help local charities. It all began as a friendly football game on a cold day in January 1974 that grew into an event attended by over 32,000 fans. This original football game has now survived Forty-five years. We are proud to say we have played every year for the past 45 years and have donated over $1.5 million to local charities.
The word PIG was a derogatory name given to law enforcement back in the 1970’s. The motto of this game was to use the word PIG for the acronym PRIDE-INTEGRITY-GUTS. This Sacramento Pig Bowl charity football game started a national craze of pitting law enforcement and/or fire departments against each other on the gridiron. We are the longest running non-profit public safety charity football game in the United States. Seventeen years ago we incorporated all first responders to play in this great charity football game by converting the name of the game to PIG BOWL Presents GUNS & HOSES. The game is now the law enforcement "HOGS” against the fire service "FIRE DOGS." Players from both side proudly protect and serve the people of the greater Sacramento Region. These first responders take their personal time to prepare throughout the year for this great game. They enjoy their team practice sessions during the month of January while reuniting with old friends and making new ones.
The all-volunteer Pig bowl GUNS & HOSES committee members have worked hard to provide our community with a great family event and competitive football game. The volunteers, players, and cheerleaders over the past 45 years have assisted this organization continue to help our community through generous donations. We proudly announce we have donated $511,728.31 to local charities in the past 12 years. In 2017 we donated $43,900.00 and in 2018 we donated $57,211.92. Our mission is to continue to increase our donations each year as we strive for the 50th Anniversary.
Our primary mission is to honor the fallen Officer’s and Firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving our community. We take great pride in showing the family, friends and co-workers of the fallen their loved ones will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
This milestone 45th Anniversary will include a SPECIAL THANKS to all Fire Service Personnel who fought the war against all California Fires this year and helped save our beautiful state.
We truly believe: There are no losers in this game, the charities always win!
The Pig Bowl/Guns & Hoses Committee