College commitments and injuries lead to changes to Shrine Bowl roster
The Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors would like to announce the latest updated roster for the 2018 game, taking place Saturday, July 28t at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg, Kansas. Due to college commitments and injuries some players were unable to either accept their initial invitation or fulfil their commitment this year.
“Every year we have some changes after our original selections are made,” said B.J. Harris, Executive Director of the Kansas Shrine Bowl. “Fortunately for us, Kansas is blessed with a wealth of talented players and our rosters are as strong as ever; this is going to be a great game.”
The East Team, led by Head Coach Warren Seitz from Nemaha Central, has added Tucker Kimball, Osage City High; Jack Petz, St. James Academy, Nijel Roberts, Blue Valley North and Jack Burns, Bishop Miege.
The West Team, led by Head Coach Scott Vang of Goddard, has added Dylan Jensen, Hutchinson; Jarrett Jurgens, Scott City and Austin Youngers, Garden Plain.
All Shrine Bowl events are produced and presented to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children [SHC]. 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. 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 45th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, July 28th, 2018, in Pittsburg, Kansas, at Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University. Kickoff will be at 7:00 pm. Tickets and additional information are available at www.kansasshrinebowl.com or by calling 800-530-5524.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, East vs. West, football game put on each year in Kansas, by the Kansas Shrine. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Kansas Shrine Bowl has sent over $2M to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The game has been played throughout Kansas each July, host cities have included Lawrence, Manhattan, Wichita, Topeka, Hays, Emporia, Pittsburg and for the first time, Dodge City in 2019.
The West football team practices at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kansas, and the East football team practices at Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kansas. The East Camp Director is Jack Call, current President of the Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors. The West Camp Director is Myron Converse, a past Shrine Bowl All-Star Player in 1982, a Shrine Hall of Famer, and Past President of the Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors.
Beginning in 1974, the flagship event has been the East/West All-Star Football Game. As of 2017, the West leads the series with 27 wins, the EAST has 16 wins, and there has been one tie. Notable alumni include current Green Bay Packers All-Pro Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson, NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, former Kansas State and Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Gary Spani, former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl Champion Linebacker Mark Simoneau and many others.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl also includes the Kansas Masonic All-State Marching band camp, held annually at each host site. The week also includes the Kansa Shrine Bowl Cheer Camp, which culminates with performances at each game.
Other bowl weekend activities include, the Kansas Shrine Bowl Banquet, the state’s largest Shrine Parade, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Free Screening Clinic, 2-Mile Run for Charity/Walk for Love, Junior All-Star Challenge (ages 5–14), High School Football Combine/Clinic and 4-Man Golf Scramble.