John Elway. Brett Favre. Tom Brady. Just a few of the football greats who played in America’s longest-running college all-star football game – the East-West Shrine Game.
Eighty-five years of pride, passion and philanthropy will converge in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 23,2010.
The East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Florida
Citrus Bowl Stadium and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
The East-West Shrine Game has always featured the finest athletes in the U.S. and Canada.
The NFL Hall of Fame includes 62 players who in played in the East-West Shrine Game coming out of college. A total of 90 players from Game #84, held this past Jan. 17, were drafted and/or signed as free agents by the National Football League. On NFL 2008 opening-day 53 man rosters, practice squads and injured reserve lists were 307 East-West Shrine Game alumni.
“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,” said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL … ‘Just Like on Sunday.’”
While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system.
“We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events.”
In addition to the big game, there are a number of special events open to the media and general public during the week leading up to the game. These include the players’ visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa, which gives these college athletes an opportunity to witness first-hand the mission they are supporting by playing in the game. Supporters can also attend the practice sessions, Player Awards Banquet, a golf tournament, and a player and coaches meet and greet at Bahia Shriners.
The 85th East-West Shrine Game promises to be an exciting event in Orlando. In addition to being a favorite tourist destination, Orlando has hosted some of the country’s most prestigious football games. The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium is home to the annual Capital One Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl and Florida Classic, the nation’s premier HBCU event.
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.