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STAAR WANTS *U*... to help us with the 1948 Paper Bowl...



which was designed to work with and help prepare college athletes, the walk-ons

and the scholarships, for the challenges they each will face as they pursue

their college degree and participate in college athletics.


The end of the 2020 Football Season was the

72nd Anniversary of 1948 Paper Bowl football game

played in Pensacola, FL on December 18, 1948:

Jacksonville State Teachers College vs. Troy State Teachers College in

the first college game of three Paper Bowl Games that were played in Pensacola.

And today, the STAAR Foundation

(Scholarship Through Academic & Athletic Resolve),

made up of former walk-on and scholarship athlete's across NW Florida,

is forming the Foundation to help give scholarships to the walk-ons at UWF today.

Join with STAAR as we celebrate those first college games

and then Pensacola's two "hometown teams":

During the 1950s & '60s, it was the "GOSHAWKS",

the Pensacola Navy "GOSHAWKS", located on and played home-games at NAS-Mainside,

and played against other service teams and several colleges each season too.​

Playing from 1979 to 1983 it was the "WINGS",

the Pensacola "WINGS," a semi-pro team playing in the Dixie Football League.  Home games were played at

local high school stadiums, played against other semi-pro teams, service teams, and two college teams too!

Pensacola's "Argonauts of yesterday" are working for Argos today!

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STAAR's Projects:

- Developing Membership for a 75th Anniversary of Pensacola's first college football game, and

- Writing a book for the 10th Anniversary of UWF football program.

December 18th of 2018 was the 70th Anniversary of Pensacola's very first college football game that was played in Pensacola in the 1948 Paper Bowl Game.  And, those three Paper Bowl college football games, along with the Goshawks and the Wings teams in later decades, will all be tied into an annual fund raising event for our STAAR Foundation.

Our first project:  

Developing Membership for the STAAR "Quarterback-Sne​ak-Roast"... 

will be developed as the Foundation's main event to be held on December 18th each year, as the weekend before the 18th would also include an annual 5K or 10K community event.  This main event, along with quarterly scheduled member meetings, is for all former high school and college athletes, as well as the true college football fans of NW Florida.  

To get involved as a STAAR member, visit this website's CONTACT page (click Join STAAR button) and fill in your contact info.  We will send YOU additional information on our non-profit organization's first meeting coming up before the end of the year!

Our second project:  

Looking for Troy and Jacksonville State players of that 1st Paper Bowl Game's team members and/or relatives of each team's players...

please visit this website's CONTACT page (click Paper Bowl Games button) and fill in your contact info.  We will contact you for your info on... and/or pictures of... those college football games that were played in Pensacola.  STAAR is collecting stories, pictures, and the Paper Bowl game stories and writing the book to publish during UWF's 10th Anniversary of Argo's Football!

Thank you for your help and to register and/or reach us with your participating info!

Chet Bergalowski/scholarship, Ole Miss 1963-66, Drafted by Atlanta Braves 12th round 1966

Bill Lynch/walk-on and earned scholarship, Jacksonville State U.  1969-73, 1972 Gamecock's Team Spirit Award

Paul Tripoli/walk-on and earned scholarship, Alabama 1981-85, All-SEC 1984