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Annual 'Sand Bowl' Promises Football Fun on the Beach

Nov 22, 2017 09:01PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Looking to get some cardio in before it's turkey time? Hop on over to the Sand Bowl, an annual flag football tradition, which will be held on Thanksgiving Day between 26th and 27th Streets from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Manhattan Beach resident (and Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce president) Mark Lipps began the Thanksgiving football tradition in 1998 as a way to work up an appetite for the day's big feast.

Of its origins, he said, "We do not have any family near us so our Thanksgivings have always been a potluck of guests who want a big traditional, gregarious Thanksgiving. We invite families, couples, young adults who do not have a family to join on that day."

The father of three boys, Lipps has seen the competition evolve over the years. "The LA Times even covered us one year," he fold DigMB. "The kids were very young. We had two fields, one for adults and one for really young kids playing flag football. Later, it morphed into one big field with adults and older kids starting out with flag and then usually tackle by the end of the day."

Lipps invites anyone who wants to join in to come down on Thursday for some fun. "Look for a group of people throwing a football," he adds.

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