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42nd Annual Illinois High School Football Shrine Game Set For Saturday, June 18 at Illinois Wesleyan

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Press release courtesy of the Illinois High School Shrine Game:

The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 42nd annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 18th at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 42nd annual game is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th at 1:00p.m. The pregame festivities will begin with a fun Walk for LOVE event held at the stadium starting at 9am. Eighty-eight of the state’s best football players participate in this all-star game to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children, the official philanthropy of Shriners International. Click here for East and West Team rosters, and get more information at

Each year at the Shrine Game, two patients from the Shiners Hospital for Children are chosen to be the prince and princess. The princess is Savannah Zirble from Bourbonnais who is a patient at the Shriners Hospital in St Louis. The prince is Connor Wright from Sycamore who is a patient at the Shriners Hospital in Chicago. The prince and princess are honorary representatives from each hospital that will benefit from the money raised through the game. Last year’s event raised over $24,000 that went directly to providing outstanding medical care for children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Our goal is to create a fun and exciting environment for the players, families, Shrine kids, and Shriners and to make this a signature event for the Shriners of Illinois. This year’ s game will be aired live on Cities 92.9 which is a part of the Great Plains Media Group. The featured banquet speaker will be Connor Underwood from Washington and currently is on the Oakland Raiders. He was a 2 time All American at Illinois State.