140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Friday, November 14, 2008

East/West Coaches Announced


Bobby Ross and Gene Stallings Take the Helm at 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game

Houston, TX – Two storied former NFL and college coaches, Bobby Ross and Gene Stallings, will be leading college football’s finest at the 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 17, 2009, in Houston, Texas, at the University of Houston’s Robertson Stadium.

The football match-up, which began in 1925, features many of the best college players in the U.S. and Canada, divided by region but coming together to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system of 22 hospitals across North America.

Gene Stallings, who will lead the West team, brings 18 years of NFL experience to this year’s game, as well as an impressive record as a college head coach.

“There is no question that I am looking forward to working with the young players, helping them showcase their abilities in front of important NFL scouts,” said Stallings. “I also look forward to working with a great coach like Bobby Ross, coaching these talented athletes as they prepare to move on to the next level of the game.”

Bobby Ross, who takes the helm for the East, also comes to the sidelines with an outstanding NFL and college football résumé, including leading the San Diego Chargers to Super Bowl XXIX.

“I am excited about the opportunity to get back on the field and work with the finest players in the country,” said Ross. “The philanthropy behind the game makes it very special and it is a privilege to work on such an important game with a talented coach like Gene Stallings.”

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the generous donations of Shriners and the general public to carry out our mission and change the lives of children every day. To date, the East-West Shrine Game has raised millions of dollars for Shriners Hospitals for Children and has helped inform millions of people about the mission of this extraordinary philanthropy.

WHAT: 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game

WHO: Top NCAA College Football Players

WHERE: University of Houston, Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas Televised on ESPN2

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, 3 pm CST Kick-off

HOW: Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at the following Web sites:




Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (713) 462-6647 or in-person at the University of Houston Ticket Office, located at 3100 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77204.

MORE INFORMATION: www.shrinegame.com

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