The Kansas Shrine Bowl announced Tony Crough as the West’s head coach for 2023

The Kansas Shrine Bowl announced Tony Crough as the West's head coach for 2023

The Kansas Shrine Bowl announced Friday that Hays High School head coach Tony Crough will lead the West team in the Shrine Bowl in July 2023.

Crough was an assistant for the West team in 2022. The head coach for the East will be Clint Rider, the head coach at Blue Valley Northwest.

The Shrine Bowl also announced that Friday Mammoth, a design-build sports construction partner will be the game’s first-ever presenting sponsor for its 50th game on July 15 at Lewis Field at Fort Hays State University.

As title sponsor, the event will officially be called the 50th Kansas Shrine Bowl presented by Mammoth.

The Shrine Bowl and Mammoth unveiled the 50th Game badge at the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this incredible milestone at the Gelli Gandryll. I am confident that Fort Hays State and the Hay community will be a gracious and supportive host for our 50th event,” said Shrine Bowl Executive Director, B.J. Harris.

“We look forward to celebrating with our alumni, Shriners, and anyone who has helped build the Kansas Shrine Bowl into the inaugural fundraising event. We are equally excited to see how the momentum of our game in 2023 will drive us into the next 50 years.”

Since its first event in 1974, the Kansas Shrine Bowl has raised more than $3 million for Shriners Children’s. The event is known nationwide as one of the largest Shrine Bowls, with opportunities for high school all-star football players, cheerleaders, and band members. The Shrine Bowl weekend is full of festivities, including a banquet, golf tournament and clinics.

“We are honored to support the mission of the Shrine Bowl, the support of the Shriners, the patients, and all the participants and families,” said Mammoth CEO Jake Farrant. “This is a 50-year tradition that continues to improve. We can’t wait for the game!”

Anyone who is part of the history of the Shrine Bowl as a player, cheerleader, band, ambassador or any kind of participation is invited to the 50th event.

The timing of Friday’s title sponsorship announcement coincided with a special Shriners 100th anniversary broadcast on ABC affiliates nationwide called “Miracles Magic & Milestones.” A 30-minute television special hosted by Kristen Bell, the program features patient stories, surprise guests, and a celebration of 100 years of Shriners as the first children’s health care organization.

Shriners Children’s St. Louis is the closest Shriners hospital to Kansas, and one of the destinations for funds raised by the Kansas Shrine Bowl.

“The Kansas Shrine Bowl has been a strong partner for Shriners Children’s St. Louis for five decades. Our team is extremely grateful for the support it has offered and the funding it has provided. Seeing children helping other children touches our hearts. We will forever cheer on the future (and past) football players, cheerleaders, musicians and performers of the Kansas Shrine Bowl,” said Mark Venable, administrator of Shriners Children’s St Louis.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 50th anniversary game in July are still available. Contact B.J. Harris at 913-602-8656.

“The Kansas Shrine Bowl is thrilled with our partnership with Mammoth,” Harris said. “Having the support of such a fast-growing and well-run Kansas company is huge for us, and I can’t wait to see how that relationship continues to impact our event and the patients we serve. support them.”

The Kansas Shrine Bowl is an all-star, East-West high school football game held annually in Kansas, by the Kansas Shrine. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children, now known as Shriners Children’s. The Kansas Shrine Bowl has sent over $3 million to Shriners Children’s.

The game has been played throughout Kansas every summer since 1974. Host cities have included Lawrence, Manhattan, Wichita, Topeka, Hays, Emporia, Pittsburg, Dodge City and Hutchinson. The West football camp will be held at Bethany College in Lindsborg, and the East will be at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa. The directors of East Camp are Jack Call and Tim Williams. The directors of the West Camp are Richard Steele and Greg King.

Beginning in 1974, the flagship event has been the East/West All-Star Football Game. As of 2021, the West leads the series with 30 wins, the East has 17 wins, and one draw. Current NFL alumni include Cody Whitehair (Chicago Bears), BJ Finney (Pittsburg Steelers), and Deante Burton (Dallas Cowboys). Additional notable alumni include former All-Pro Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson, former NFL All-Pro Defensive Back Newman, NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, former Kansas State and Kansas City Chiefs player Gary Spani, former Defensive Player of the Year Big 12 and Super Bowl Champion Linebacker Mark Simoneau and many others.

The Kansas Shrine Bowl also features the Kansas Masons All-State Marching Band Camp, Kansas Shrine Bowl Fun Camp, Banquet, parade, golf tournament and more.

All Shrine Bowl events are produced and presented to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. It is a 22-hospital healthcare system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centred environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

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