HIGH SCHOOL COMBINE TO ADD NEW DIMENSION TO
2007 KANSAS SHRINE BOWL
High school football players in Kansas and nearby states will have an excellent opportunity to have their athletic talent evaluated by experts during the 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl weekend.
A High School combine, an event that features pro-style testing and measuring of high school football athletes, will be conducted from 10 am to 2 PM prior to this year's Shrine Bowl All-Star game. The combine will be conducted by Ron Freeman, father of K-State quarterback Josh Freeman, and Paul Coffman, former NFL player with Green Bay and Kansas City, who also starred at K-State after playing in the 1974 Kansas Shrine Bowl. The two are in their fifth year of organizing and running combines for high school students.
Freeman says the combine will be similar to those run by such football organizations as Rivals and the NFL. It will measure athletes in such areas as the 40-yard dash, pro shuffle, vertical jump, and number of bench press repetitions at 185 pounds. "We also measure wingspan," he says, "which is one of the details recruiters are looking for. It's important for offensive and defensive linemen, because players with longer arms can get better leverage.
"It's a great opportunity for athletes to get exposure, and to see how they measure up against athletes in their own class," he says. "The athletes will get an honest evaluation of where his talent levels lie, and where he needs to improve." The combine will be open to what Freeman calls "rising seniors," that is, players about to enter their senior year in high school. Some underclassmen may also participate, with the permission of their high school coaches.
Freeman says under Kansas State High School Association and NCAA rules, only current students can participate in combines. Also under current NCAA rules, college coaches cannot attend because of the individual testing that's involved. However, they can request and get individual results.
Freeman says he expects the combine will be conducted either at Lewis Field, the site of the 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl, or a practice field at Ft. Hays State. He hopes this first effort to hold a combine in conjunction with the Shrine Bowl will attract 100 to 150 participants. Information has been sent to high school coaches throughout Kansas, and Freeman thinks the event may even draw some players from eastern Colorado and southwest Nebraska.
He thinks holding a combine at the Kansas Shrine Bowl is a good "fit" for a couple of reasons. It comes on a weekend and at a place where football is the emphasis. And there's the matter of similar values. "The value system of the Shrine Bowl is to help people," he says, "and that's what we're doing with the combines."
Players or coaches who want more information should call the Shrine Bowl office at 1-800-530-5524.
Proceeds from the Kansas Shrine Bowl support the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopedic and burn care to children under 18. Children are admitted totally free to Shriners Hospitals for Children without regard for race, religion, nationality, creed, or relationship to a Shriner.
The 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl will be the most family-friendly ever, with several events taking place during the day. Planned events include a 5K Run for Charity, a day-long Arts and Crafts Fair, a Kid's Fair, the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl Parade, the high school football combine, and a Charity Poker Run that will include cash and prizes.
Advance reserved chairback tickets for the all-star game are $20.00 in advance, $21.00 on game night. Adult general admission tickets are $9.00 in advance, $10.00 on game night. Student tickets (K-12) are $5.00 in advance, $6.00 on game night. Banquet tickets are $20.00, and must be purchased in advance. Additional information and tickets can be purchased through the Shrine Bowl office by calling 1-800-530-5524.
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