A pair of Palo Alto County football standouts have been selected to play for the North Squad in the 2012 Iowa Shrine All Star Game.
Andrew Garrelts of Emmetsburg and Mitch Bonnstetter of West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate will join 44 other players on the North Squad when the 40th Anniversary edition Shrine Game is played at Jack Trice Field at Iowa State University in Ames on July 21.
Joining Garrelts and Bonnstetter on the North Squad from the immediate area will be Dakota Odermann of Armstrong-Ringsted, Michael Erpelding of Algona and Andrew Broocks of Spirit Lake.
Players for the Shrine All Star game are seniors who have been nominated by their high school coaches. One nominations have been submitted, the coaching staff of the Shrine Bowl meet and working with the Iowa Football Coaches Association, select two teams of 46 players, representing all of Iowa's schools. The teams are divided by Highway 30 as it runs across the state.
Shrine game players will report to the ISU?campus in mid-July, to prepare for the contest on July 21. The players and cheer squad members will hold a "Mini-Camp" on campus at ISU for the Shrine hospital children. All children will work with the football players and cheerleaders to learn skills of football and cheerleading.
The Iowa Shrine All-Star game is an event, which extends the maximum visibility to the Shiner's great philanthropy 18 orthopedic hospitals, 3 burn centers, and 1, which treats all types of needs in North America.
The 2009 operating budget was $ 826 million, which is over $2.26 million dollars per day to run the Shrine hospitals.
Since the inception of the Shrine All Star Game in 1973, over $2 million has been raised to support the Shriners' Hospitals.