LAKE WALES, Fla. - The Name the Game Campaign for the inaugural football game between Warner University and Webber International University came to an end on Sunday, June 30. The month long campaign featured an online contest in which fans from both schools submitted ideas to name the rivalry game which is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Legion Field with a kick-off of 7 p.m.
On Monday, July 1, officials from both schools met and selected the winner from a list of over 50 online entries. The winning entry was submitted by Webber International alumnus Juan Cruz, class of 1984, whose game title, “Lake Caloosa Clash,” was selected by the panel of officials from both institutions.
The title, Lake Caloosa Clash, is significant to both schools and represents the long history both have on the shore of Lake Caloosa. Commonly known today as Crooked Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in the state of Florida was once named after the Calusa Indian tribe which inhabited the area dating back to the 1700s.
The inception of both schools began on the shore of Lake Caloosa, first for Webber International in 1927 then for Warner in 1968. While Webber still maintains its lake front campus, nearly all of Warner University has moved across Hwy. 27 to their west campus.
Both universities are also working together to design and create a special trophy that will go to the winning team each year. For his efforts, Cruz will present the trophy to this year’s winning team following the game on Sept. 7.
Also in the works for the big game is a special press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Winter Haven at The Ritz Theatre and will feature both head coaches. More events and details will be announced as the season approaches.
The Warriors will begin their 12th year of football this fall while the Royals will play their inaugural season in 2013. The rivals’ meeting on Sept. 7 will be the first-ever meeting between Polk County schools on the gridiron.
The Royals open their season on Aug. 31 on the road versus Stetson University at 7 p.m.