During a press conference held earlier this week, the producer of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration made the official announcement before a standing room only crowd that the 2012 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will be held on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Celebrating 13 years of inspiration, the NFL sanctioned event transcends the traditional Super Bowl Weekend activity, bringing together top NFL players and Grammy Award-winning artists together on one stage, for one night on one accord.
“We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration to Indianapolis, a city with a long history of high level sports activities and a rich gospel culture,” said Melanie Few-Harrison, president of Results Marketing & Media and event producer. “This is our first time in Indy and we are planning some exciting firsts for Super Bowl Gospel along with another dynamic, diverse line-up.”
Named by USA Today as “One of the best Super Bowl events to attend,” and the only inspirational concert to air on ESPN, the event has featured marquee players including Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis, Darrell Green, Cris Carter, Kurt Warner, John Elway, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, and Coaches Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith. Also, numerous other NFL players and their families attend the event each year.
In 2008, the NFL Players Choir became a part of the annual event. More than 40 active and former players garbed in choir robes showed off their vocal talents under the direction of gospel icon Donnie McClurkin. “We are accustomed to seeing the rough and rugged side of these guys, but this event allows them to express their spiritual side, which is very important to them, and share it with their fans, said Few-Harrison.” The choir will celebrate its five-year anniversary in 2012.
Music icons that have performed include Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Jaci Velasquez, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, and many others. This year’s line-up will be announced at a later date.
The event also serves as a fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds benefiting national and local charities. To date, more than $400,000 and 5,000 tickets have been donated over the last twelve years.
Sponsors to-date include Verizon Wireless, the official wireless service of the NFL; and American Family Insurance.