Wolfe Honored At Shrine Banquet
SPENCER – “Playing for a great cause is more important than being an All Star pick.”
With those words, Jerry Shultz of Estherville explained his philosophy as the Head Coach of the North Squad for the 2009 Iowa Shrine All Star game.
Shultz’s remarks came during a banquet last Wednesday honoring Northwest Iowa Shrine Bowl players, including Emmetsburg’s Josh Wolfe. The banquet was hosted by the Spencer Area Shrine Club of AbuBekr Temple and featured 10 players from the region, along with three All Star Cheer squad members.
Wolfe, along with his parents, Jessie and Janice, were joined by Emmetsburg ?Head Coach Mike Dunlap and his wife Julie at the banquet at the Spencer Area Senior Center.
“I’m very excited to be coaching the North team this year,”?Shultz told the group. “This is a great honor for me, and it’s also a great honor for the parents of these players and cheerleaders, because it is a tribute to you on the way you have raised your sons and daughters and brought them up.”
Shultz continued, “But most importantly, it is a tribute to all of you players and cheerleaders, for your great character and for the players, its because you can also play good football.”
Along with Josh Wolfe, players from the region who will be playing on the North Squad in July include Justin Blinkmann of Estherville Lincoln Central, Sam Brockshus of Spencer, Jack Bradley of Bishop Garrigan of Algona, Kyle Schuett of Cherokee, Trevor tiefenthaler of Sioux Central, Jake Syndergaard of Alta, Josh Noble of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Randy Kippley of West Lyon and Drew McDonough of East Sac.
Cheerleaders who were on hand for the banquet included Erin Dvorak of Spencer, Kelsey Raper of Cherokee and Marie Pistek of West Hancock.
The 2009 Iowa Shrine All Star Game is set for Saturday, July 25 at Jack Trice Stadium at Iowa State University in Ames.
The game is the major fundraiser for the Shriners’ Hospitals in the United States. A total of 22 hospitals are operated across the United States, with 19 Orthopedic centers, three burn centers and one general treatment facility.
The Shriner’s hospitals were first established in 1922 in Shreveport, LA, and have grown into the current network.
The Iowa Shrine All Star Game proceeds are distributed between the Shriners’ Hospitals in Minneapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Galveston. The 2008 Iowa Shrine Bowl game generated $72,000 in proceeds to be shared by the five facilities.
The annual operating budget of the Shriner’s Hospitals is $750 million this year.
The Iowa Shrine Bowl is the second-largest fund raising event sponsored by the Shriners in North America. Iowa Shrine Bowl Managers Jerry Hoffman has set a goal of $100,000 for the 2009 game.
As part of their Shrine Bowl experience, the players and cheerleaders will spend a day visiting the?Shriners’ Hospital in Minneapolis in the week prior to the game. Upon arrival at the hospital, players and cheerleaders will be matched up with one of the patients at the facility in order for the player and cheerleader to fully understand the cause they will be playing for on July 25.