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Emmetsburg Presence At Iowa Shrine All Star Game

By Staff | Jul 19, 2011

Emmetsburg will be well represented at the 2011 Iowa Shrine All Star Game this weekend in Ames. A pair of cheerleaders, Katie Kassel, left, and Aleysha Shutz, right, will be joined by Tyler Henderson, second from left, as participants in the annual philantropic contest for the Shriner’s Hospitals. Also pictured is Emmetsburg Head Football Coach Mike Dunlap. --Dan Voigt photo

A long-standing tradition will continue this summer for Emmetsburg High School as once again, students from Emmetsburg have been selected to be a part of the 2011 Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Game. The 39th Annual Shrine Bowl game is scheduled for this Saturday, July 23, at Jack Trice Stadium on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.

Tyler Henderson was selected to play on the North Squad for the 2011 classic to represent the Emmetsburg E-Hawks, continuing a long-standing tradition of E-Hawk players participating in the fundraiser for the Shriners’ Hospitals. This year, two members of the Emmetsburg Cheerleading squad will also be a part of the classic, as Katie Kassel and Aleysha Schutz have been selected to cheer on the All Star cheer squads.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl was established by a group of sports minded Iowa Shriners after having seen the success of Shrine sponsored Football Games in other states. After much planning, the first All-Star Football and Basketball games were played in 1973 in Iowa City. These games were financially unsuccessful; thus the Basketball game was dropped. In 1974, after much dedicated work, the indebtedness was paid off. The contributions from this annual event now total over $2 million dollars in support of the Shrine Hospital programs for children. All profits from the game are distributed to the Hospital programs making any sponsorship a charitable contribution. The 2003 game generated $72,000. This years’ game goal is $100,000.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl is sponsored jointly by the four temples in the state: Abu Bekr, Sioux City; El Kahir, Cedar Rapids; Kaaba, Davenport; and Za-Ga-Zig, Altoona.

The teams are comprised of 46 graduating High School Seniors selected for each Squad by the coaching staffs. Several years an All-Star Cheerleader program was added, with cheerleaders nominated by their schools. Professional trainers, who are judges, assist in the selection of who will be invited to attend. A total of 60 cheerleaders are accepted for the Shrine Bowl.