Inaugural Culver’s Isthmus Bowl Comes to Madison; Features Special Olympics Wisconsin

November 15, 2021 Events, Featured

New College Bowl Game Features Top Division III Football Teams from Regional Conferences

Every college football team dreams of a postseason bowl game and this fall, the dream will be a reality for two small college powerhouses when the inaugural Culver’s Isthmus Bowl kicks-off in Madison on November 20, 2021 at the newly constructed, award-winning Verona Area High School Wildcat stadium. The bowl game will highlight two Midwest football conferences at the competitive NCAA Division III level.

The Culver’s Isthmus Bowl will feature one team from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) and the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW).

“The Culver’s Isthmus Bowl was created to further showcase the two best conferences in NCAA Division III athletics nationwide,” said Mike Shaw, Founder and Bowl Game Director. “Putting together the first bowl game in Wisconsin state history is exciting, but bringing it to my hometown of Madison, WI is a dream come true. When Culver’s agreed to become the major sponsor, everything started to come together. They have been tremendous to work with.”

“The greater Madison area is passionate about college football,” remarked Jamie Patrick, Vice President of Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC). “After a year with few live sporting events, we are excited to bring the community this new fall bowl game and recognize a group of talented Division III athletes.”

“We are extremely excited that our football student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Culver’s Isthmus Bowl against the CCIW. Both conferences have storied histories on the football field and this game will showcase the competitive spirit of both conferences. We are thankful to Mike Shaw and all of the corporate partners for making this event possible,” said WIAC Commissioner Danielle Harris.

“The members of the CCIW are thrilled to be part of the Culver’s Isthmus Bowl and for the opportunity to provide an additional post season experience for our student-athletes”, shared Maureen Harty, Executive Director of the CCIW. “With the depth of football talent in the CCIW and the WIAC, fans will be treated to a very competitive contest. We appreciate the support of all the sponsors who are helping to make this happen.”

Additional sponsors Kwik Trip, American Family Insurance, Uline, Hy Cite Enterprises, Eno Vino Restaurants, the Shaw Family and Madison Partners.

The halftime show will feature a Special Olympics Wisconsin flag football game. The local Special Olympics athletes and UW-Madison students scrimmaging were selected for the collegiate unified flag football team that will represent Team Wisconsin at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

In total, Special Olympics Wisconsin will bring 96 athletes, unified partners, coaches and staff to represent Wisconsin in 6 different sports, competing against teams from across the USA and Caribbean. This will be an incredible experience as Team Wisconsin will SHINE AS ONE as they go for the gold and bring home a lifetime of memories.


The inaugural game will take place on Saturday, November 20th, 2021 at Verona Area High School. It’ll be the first postseason college bowl game in Wisconsin state history.

Tickets will be available at the gate for $10. Email for information. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.


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2:30 – Stream Start
2:45 – Program Starts
3:05 – Kickoff!

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