July 22, 2010

High school all-stars to face off in Saturday's Shrine Bowl

by Anne Krapfl

Jack Trice Stadium is the site July 24 of the 38th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl, an all-star football game featuring just-graduated high school football athletes on either side of a north-south line in Iowa. This year's game will feature 92 football players and 60 cheer squad members from across the state. The game begins at 7 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m.

The players are nominated by high school football coaches, selected through a balloting of Iowa sports media professionals and invited by Shrine Bowl officials. Local athletes participating in this year's game include Cole Jackson of Gilbert (north team); and Taylor Godwin of Ballard, James Kohler of Ames and Louie Wickett of Madrid (south team). The south squad is the home team and will be on the west side of the stadium. The north squad will be on the east sideline.

To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised more than $2 million for the 23 Shriners medical facilities for children in this country. Funds come from ticket sales, advertising in the game program, merchandise sales, contributions and sponsorships.

Downtown parade

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the annual Shrine Bowl parade will be held in the Main Street cultural district. At the conclusion of the parade, the athletes will attend an autograph session in Tom Evans Plaza, adjacent to Main Street at Burnett Avenue.


Tickets are $15 at the gate. Children under 6 years are free. To prepurchase tickets ($10 each), contact the Iowa Shrine Bowl office in Urbandale, (515) 276-3319, or e-mail xautoman@mchsi.com.