“We wanted to create a team atmosphere outside of the workplace, and raise money in the process,” says Torry Holt, former N.C. State wide receiver. Holt and his brother, Terrence Holt, run the Holt Brothers Foundation, which works to support children whose parents are currently fighting cancer. On May 19, the foundation’s third annual Bank of America Bowl will fundraise for those support projects during a day of flag football, food and drink, cornhole, and tailgating.
The Holt brothers, after successful careers in the NFL, returned home to Raleigh and started the foundation in memory of their mother who passed away from cancer when the two were young. This annual bowl fundraiser has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each spring. The flag football participants are mostly local corporations, who create a team and bring their families and friends to cheer on the sidelines as well as participate in the day’s other activities – cornhole, a 40-yard dash, and tailgating. Football fans get a taste of fall in the spring, with a charitable spin. “Football means a great deal with us, and we’re glad to be able to give back to the community through the game,” says Torry Holt. –Catherine Currin