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History of the Shrine Bowl

Abu Behr Temple
Sioux City
El Kahir Temple
Cedar Rapids
Kaaba Temple
Za-Ga-Zig Temple
Des Moines
"Strong legs weak legs may walk...and burned bodies may heal."

The Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game began in 1973 and is played children in orthopedic hospitals and for the benefit of burn centers who receive free medical attention and treatment; the games not only help raise funds for the hospital programs, but also makes the public more aware of the free services available to a child who needs special orthopedic or burn care and rehabilitation. The game is a once in-a-lifetime experience for players and coaches and often times is the "high point" in their high school football career...not only because of the game, but also from visiting with the children in the hospital.

Iowa Shriners genuinely appreciate the total support and cooperation of the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association in promoting the Shrine Bowl; the Coaches Association selects the head coaches for the game, who, in turn, select the players from across the state. Player selection is a very difficult task and only a total of 88 players--44 for each squad--can be selected; coaches from both the North and South squads select all-star players from each class (A-4A) whom they feel meet the following recommended criteria: character, sportsmanship, on-field play, and leadership. Only one player per school is permitted to play--which makes the task all that more difficult...especially for football programs such as Bettendorf.

Bettendorf players who participate in the Shrine Bowl play for the SOUTH SQUAD.