Thursday July 17, 2014
In just three weeks, 72 of the finest high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont will take the field at Castleton State College to begin practice for the 61st Annual Maple Sugar Bowl. The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Football Game is played between two all-star teams from Vermont and New Hampshire.
Over 200 players, all graduating high school seniors, were nominated by their head coaches and in each state “screening” committees” chaired by the Shrine head coaches, selected the two teams. South Burlington High School graduates Paul Valgoi, Malik Hines and Tanner Contois, as well as Rice Memorial graduate Matthew Maynard, have been named to the Vermont team.
“Strong Legs Run That Weak Legs May Walk” is the motto of every Shrine Football Game. Sunday, July 27 the players will visit the Shrine Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. and there in the smile of a small child, they will learn the real meaning of Shrine football. Then it will be back to the practice field until the two teams take the field Saturday, August 2 for the bowl game on Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field. The twin state game is sponsored by the three Shrine Centers of New Hampshire and Vermont, Bektash (Concord), Cairo (Rutland) and Mt. Sinai (Montpelier).The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, like 30 other Shrine games across the country, is played for the benefit of the Shrine Hospitals for Children. In its first 60 years, the Maple Sugar Bowl has raised over four million dollars for the Shrine cause.
The spectacular pre-game parade through the streets of Hanover begins at 12 noon featuring over 2,000 marchers and featuring units from nine Shrine centers throughout the northeast. The halftime show will feature an all star high school band made up of over 100 musicians from some 30 high schools in N.H. and Vt.
It’s a day for the entire family, and the net proceeds from the game benefit the three Shrine Hospitals here in the northeast: Montreal, Canada & Springfield, Mass., and Boston Burns, Boston, Mass.
Kick-off for the football game is 5:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale now through the Shrine Football office in Lebanon, NH (603 - 448 - 1042). Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Game’s website at shrinemaplesugarbowl.com.