Vishal Bhagat was an active student at the University of Texas at Austin from 1998-2005. During this time he played roles in both service and social organizations. Vishal was afflicted with juvenile diabetes (Type 1) yet he never let his struggles with this draining condition keep him from leading an active life. Vishal understood that diabetes was a  widespread illness that affects millions of children across the world. He envisioned an event that would combine his everyday struggle with one of his greatest loves, football, to help others.  This led him to push for the establishment of the first ever “Sugar Free Bowl,” a charity flag football tournament that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Vishal, a brother of Delta Epsilon Psi, was the original visionary of Sugar Free Bowl and  joined Delta Epsilon Psi with idea of using the fraternity’s experience and resources to serve as an avenue to develop his idea. His goal was to raise awareness among the community and establish a means to provide funds for the continued research of Juvenile Diabetes.  This event is now played at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States.  Tragically, in August 2006 an accident caused Vishal to pass on. However, the brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi are determined to carry on his vision and legacy by putting their heart and soul into Sugar Free Bowl each year. In his memory, The Vishal Bhagat Foundation was created. This foundation, Delta Epsilon Psi, and family & friends Sugar Free Bowl and Vishal's legacy every year.
I am your Spiritual Warrior!  Carry forward this fight in my memory for all those who suffer from diabetes!
Vishal Raju Bhagat Foundation
Forever Continuing the Struggle Against Diabetes

The Vishal Raju Bhagat Foundation carries forward his mission of fighting juvenile diabetes by granting funds for innovative research, improving education and advocacy within the general public, and improving the lives of children afflicted with diabetes and in need of assistance.   The Foundation focuses its efforts on building sustainable relationships within our local communities to provide a positive, direct effect on the beneficiaries of its grants.  The primary fund-raising event is our Annual Vishal Bhagat Memorial Golf Tournament, and tthrough unweilding support from our sponsors, partners, and volunteers we have raised over $1,100,000 for charity.

12th Annual Vishal Bhagat
Memorial Golf Tournament
November 3 & 4, 2017
NorthShore Country Club
801 East Broadway
Portland, TX 78374




Congressman Solomon Ortiz presents Flag & Proclamation to Raju Bhagat.

The 2010 Vishal Bhagat Memorial Golf Tournament was a phenomenal success, crowned with a Special Presentation by Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz in which the United States Congress made a Proclamation on April 20, 2010 whereas the American Flag at the United States Capital in Washington, D.C. was flown in honor and memory of Vishal Bhagat.  The Proclamation and Flag were presented to Raju Bhagat, father of Vishal and President of the Foundation.

Past Champions

2016 – Mishaun Bhakta

2015 – Justin Kaplin

2014 – Adam Nelson

2013 – Shitul Patel

2012 – Shrey Bhakta

2011 – Rodney Duncan

2010 – Akash Patel (San Diego)

2009 – Manesh Bhakta

2008 – Hiten Parshottam

2007 – Shitul Patel

2006 – Rodney Duncan

2014 Grand Champion Adam Nelson(right) with State Representative Todd Hunter Presenting!

Congratulations to Adam Nelson, our 2014 Grand Champion!  He shot even par for the winning score in his first time participating in this event!  Great golfing, Adam!

Congratulations also go to our First, Second, and Third Flight winners:  1st Flight - Rene Gonzales; 2nd Flight - Akhil Bhakta; 3rd Flight - Frank Butler.

Full Results are as follows:

Championship Flight
1st - Adam Nelson
2nd - Andrew Bell
3rd - Ralph Quiroz

First Flight
1st - Rene Gonzales
2nd - Kido Bhakta
3rd - Deepak Shankar

Second Flight
1st - Akhil Bhakta
2nd - Nick Bhakta
3rd - Krutik Bhakta

Third Flight
1st - Frank Butler
2nd - Joseph Jaime
3d - Mike Jester
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