Gladiators Partner with Meadows Turkey Bowl

The Cleveland Gladiators will again be partnering with the Meadows Turkey Bowl to help families in need this November. The Meadows Turkey Bowl is a backyard football game that raises money for Saint Vincent DePaul with a portion of the proceeds this year going towards the Bigelow Family.  

John and Wendy Bigelow are the adoptive parents of five children from the foster care system. John was diagnosed with cancer last year and went through treatments.  Just last month doctors told John that not only had his cancer returned, but that he should quit his job and spend his remaining months to live with his family.

In preparation for the main event on Thanksgiving morning --Thursday, November 26th, Gladiators’ players, CJ Cobb, Adrian Trevino, Corey Howard, along with mascot Rudi visited the Bigelow family at their home in Conneaut Ohio. Rudi rang the doorbell to surprise the kids, who then went on to start a flag football game with the players in the front yard.

“The best part for me was just the reaction of the kids, they were just so excited and when kids are excited it’s easy to be excited and come out here, throw the football around and just have fun.” Cobb said.

Having experienced cancer in their own lives, the Gladiator players were particularity touched after spending the time with the Bigelow family.

“I know what it's like to go through that (Cancer) as a family, and it's tough. That’s why I personally enjoy coming out here and doing things for those in need, it's just awesome to give back.” Trevino said.

The Gladiators have been involved with this event in years past including last year when they helped the event raise $190,000.

30 percent of all donations made to the Meadows Turkey Bowl will go to the Bigelow family in addition to 100 percent of what the Gladiators raise going directly to the family. To donate to this cause please click on the flyer below and then select Cleveland Gladiators from the drop down menu under Player Name & Number.