Illinois High School Shrine game July 12

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 40th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game July 12 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The pregame festivities will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a traditional Shriner parade in downtown Bloomington.

Eighty-eight of the state’s best football players participate in this all-star game to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children.

More information about scheduled events, along with rosters for both the East and West teams, can be found at

Each year at the Shrine Game, two patients from the Shiners Hospital for Children are honored as the game’s prince and princess.

This year’s princess is Emma Frick. The game’s prince is Alec Cabacungan.

The prince and princess are honorary representatives of the patients from the Shriners Hospitals 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.

In light of the 40th anniversary of this event, all Shrine Game alumni are invited back to celebrate 40 years of football and the values of the Shriners.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health-care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and teaching programs for medical professionals.

Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Visit the Shriners Hospitals website at

For more information, contact Eric Tjarks with the Illinois High School Shrine Game at 217-781-2400 or Matt Hawkins of the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 665-0033.