BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois are coordinating to host the 45th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 15 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University according to a press release via the IHSA on Wednesday afternoon.
Kick-off for the game is set for 11 a.m. with pregame festivities beginning at 10 a.m. 108 football players from across the state of Illinois were selected to play in charity all-star game to help raise funds for Shriners Hospital for Children, or Shriners International. Additional information on the weekend including schedules, rosters and coaches can be found at www.ilshrinegame.com
The press release explained in further detail some of the festivities for the game, including two patients from Shriners who will be selected as honorary representatives from one of Shriner Hospitals which will benefit from such the charity game.
(via the press release) Each year at the Shrine Game, two patients from the Shriners Hospital for Children are chosen to be the prince and princess. The princess is Sheowly Hurd from Dunlap, who is a patient at the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis. The prince is Chase Dryer from Danville, who is a patient at the Shriners Hospital in Chicago. The prince and princess are honorary representatives from each hospital that will benefit from the money raised through the game. Last year's event raised nearly $33,000 that went directly to providing outstanding medical care for children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Our goal is to create a fun and exciting environment for the players, families, Shrine kids, and Shriners and to make this a signature event for the Shriners of Illinois. This year's game will be aired live on Cities 92.9 which is a part of the Great Plains Media Group. The featured banquet speaker will be Zach Grant from Rochester. Zach participated in this event in 2012 and is now a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at the University of Illinois.
They estimate that hosting the Shrine Game will bring an economic impact of $92,600 to the Bloomington-Normal area.
For anyone interested in additional information, contact Eric Tjarks with the Illinois High School Shrine Game at 217-781-2400 or Matt Hawkins at the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 309-665-0033.