Showgirls to host cook-off at Saturday’s basketball games

Chili, basketball, a mechanical bull and the TCU Showgirls will come together Saturday for a new event to benefit the Showgirls.TCU Athletics will be hosting its first chili cook-off, sponsored by Sheriff Blaylock, a food company, on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. between the women’s and men’s basketball games, said Jason Byrne, director of marketing.

There will be music, a TCU-themed inflatable obstacle course, a mechanical bull, a slam-dunk show and a performance by the Showgirls, Byrne said.

Byrne said many fans will be looking for something to do after the women’s game against the Air Force Falcons at 2 p.m. and before the men’s game against the BYU Cougars at 7 p.m.

“It’s a big day on Saturday with both the men and women playing,” said Amy Gilmore, Showgirls co-captain. “The Showgirls love raising spirit around TCU, and we’re excited to be a part of the cook-off.”

Byrne said the cook-off will be a chance for fans to have fun and eat food between the games, allowing them to stay on campus.

“We want to provide a festival feel for the fans between the games,” Byrne said. “Our hope is to make this an annual event when there are double-headers.”

The cook-off will take place outside the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, and if the weather is inclement, some events will be moved into the indoor basketball practice facility in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Basketball Complex, Byrne said.

An endless bowl of chili will cost $5, and participation in the mechanical bull riding contest is $3. Each participant in the contest will have a chance at winning $100. Profits from the event will go to the Showgirls to thank the team for its dedication to TCU Athletics, Byrne said.

Stacy Schirato, director of the Showgirls and spirit coordinator, said the money the Showgirls receive from the event will help fund costumes and the team’s trip to a national competition in Florida.