PASADENA, Calif. (April 16, 2021) – At the annual Turkey Tussle high school football game on April 16, the Rose Bowl Institute announced the awarding of its first Rose Bowl Sportsmanship Initiative (ROSI) award to Ahmad Jolley from Pasadena High School for outstanding sportsmanship during the game. Jolley was the selection for the award for exemplifying what it means to be a good sport and what it means to enjoy the game with respect for others.   The award is the first in the young history of the Institute, which launched in August 2020 and has grown to reach thousands with its programming on a local, national, and international scale.
“For 73 years, we recognize that student athletes from John Muir and Pasadena High Schools have left it all on the field physically and emotionally at the annual Turkey Tussle here at the Rose Bowl Stadium,” said Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo.  “Thank you to the Rose Bowl Institute for starting a new tradition and recognizing the importance of sportsmanship to the game.”

As the Rose Bowl Institute looks to continue its programming and expand awards recognizing key sports values, it presented the inaugural certificate of merit in sportsmanship at the local rivalry game under the lights at America’s Stadium last Friday evening.
The sportsmanship values recognized and encouraged within the award included appreciation for the game, commitment to the team, respect for others (particularly opponents and referees), playing by the rules, and personal integrity; Jolley exemplified these values from beginning to end of the game.
“This was a great opportunity for the Rose Bow Institute to apply our sportsmanship award to an important local sporting event at the Rose Bowl Stadium,” added Charlie Firestone, President of the Rose Bowl Institute 
A committee worked together prior to and during the game to review the student-athletes and to select which player would be awarded the certificate of merit Committee members included Mayor Victor Gordo, City Council Member Tyron Hampton, City Council Member Gene Masuda, Institute Advisory Board member Dr. Jen Welter, and Staff representative Brian Brantley.
“We are very proud of the Rose Bowl Institute and presenting the inaugural sportsmanship award during one of Pasadena’s greatest high school football traditions is a special pairing.”  said Darryl Dunn, CEO and GM of the Rose Bowl Stadium. 
The Rose Bowl Institute’s mission is to “champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.  Its three pillars, sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship were reflected in the recipient of this award at the Turkey Tussle. It is the goal of the Rose Bowl Institute to add to this tradition by recognizing the sportsperson of the game in years to come.
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About the Rose Bowl Institute

Launched in August 2020, the Rose Bowl Institute is an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. Its mission is to champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.  Through educational programs and dialogues, the Institute encourages, empowers, and inspires positive acts of sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship.

About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming, and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches, and the World’s Largest Flea Market.

A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.