The Kansas Shrine Bowl is coming back to Hays. Wednesday morning officials from Fort Hays State and the Kansas Shriners announced Hays has been selected to host the 2015 Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game.
This will be the fourth time the game will be played at FHSU’s Lewis Field. The last time was in 2011. The two previous Shrine Bowl games in Hays were 10 years apart, in 1997 and 2007.
The Shrine Bowl also includes a band camp, cheer camp and cross country camp, with participants from across Kansas taking part in each event.
The game will feature some of the state’s best just graduated seniors from across Kansas. In addition to the football game, the weekend will consist of a parade through downtown Hays, a 2-mile Open Race and a participant banquet at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.
The events produced by the Kansas Shrine Bowl bring attention not only to the state’s finest young talents but are put on primarily to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Children are treated at no cost in Shriners Hospitals for Children, regardless of race, religion, nationality, creed or relationship to a Shriner. Since 2010, over $2.5 million dollars has been raised by the Kansas Shrine Bowl for the care and treatment of children. There are currently about 950 Kansas children receiving expert medical care and treatment at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children around the world.
The 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game is tentatively scheduled for July 25th.