Dodge City, KS(westernkansasnews.com) The Kansas Shrine Bowl has announced that the 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game. The two-day event will be June 7-8, 2019.
“This is an event we’ve been pursuing for some time” said Jan Stevens, Director for the Dodge City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We’re pleased that everything has come together to be selected to host the 2019 edition. The Shrine Bowl is a well-established event and will draw a significant number of people to the community.”
Paul Lewis, vice-chair of the Dodge City Sports Commission said, “We’re so thankful to be selected. It is because of the great facilities we have in this community and the cooperation between multiple entities that we’re able to attract something of this nature.”
The main events will include a 1200 person banquet held at United Wireless Arena, a parade through downtown Dodge City, and the 46th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star football game at Memorial Stadium. Other events will include a golf tournament, 5K, One Mile Walk for Love, high school combine, junior all-star challenge cheer camp, and a band camp.
The events are produced by the Kansas Shrine Bowl to bring attention to the state’s fine young talents, and to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. SHC is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Kansas children are treated in Shriners Hospitals for Children regardless of the child’s race, religion, nationality, creed, or relationship to a Shriner. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
The game will feature the state’s best high school football players of the year, as well as cheerleaders and band members from across Kansas. Through 2017, the west all-stars lead the series 27-16-1. All Stars such as Gary Spani, Mike Bell, Paul Coffman, Barry Sanders, Terrance Newman, and Jordy Nelson have played in the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
The local host for the event is the Dodge City Sports Commission, an organizing working group created under the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The Sports Commission has been the local host for other events including the KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments, the Wild West Bowl 6 Man State Football Championship, and the 2017 6A Girls State Golf Tournament.
Through 2017, over 2.75 million dollars have been donated by the Shrine Bowl for the care and treatment of Kansas kids.
The 2018 Shrine Bowl events will be held in Pittsburg, Kansas. Additional information and a link to Shriners Hospitals for Children can be found at www.kansasshrinebowl.com or by calling 800-530-5524.
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