Courage Bowl

By RJ Woolcott

Game of Courage

St. John Fisher and Brockport face each other in the annual Courage Bowl, which benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times. This game has become one of the biggest collegiate games in Western New York, averaging about 5,000 people each year. This game has earned the motto “More than just a game” to express our feeling about its significance.

The Courage Bowl is more than just a game. It’s more than a win or loss being added to each teams’ statistics. The Courage Bowl is about helping children who have severe illnesses and can’t participate in the sport of football. It is about putting on a show for these kids and giving them a night they will never forget. The kids are named “honorary coaches and cheerleaders.” This allows them to be on the sidelines the entire game and lets them have the best view of the game and help cheer on each team.

The Courage Bowl started in 2005. It started off between St. John Fisher and University of Rochester. Brockport soon became the annual opponent in 2014. It became a great rivalry game. Having huge crowds form each year. The Courage Bowl never had less than 4,000 fans in the stands, peaking with over 9,000 fans in 2014.
Brockport posing after winning its fourth consecutive Courage Bowl 34-7 (2017-2021).



  1. Dr. Leslie makes an intriguing point, RJ. It would be really interesting to now add more historical detail here through research with the campus newspaper. I bet this campus event has a lot to tell us about the role of sports at Brockport and in the area.

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