2007 SHRINE BOWL TO FEATURE SCREENING CLINIC
FOR POSSIBLE SHRINERS HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN HAYS
The Kansas Shrine Bowl has long been known for two major purposes--to showcase the state's most-recently graduated high school football talent, and to raise funds for the St. Louis unit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
But the game also serves a lesser-known, but nevertheless vital function. It calls attention to Shriners Hospitals and what they can do for children from birth to 18 who suffer from orthopedic or spinal problems, or who require burn care at one of 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America. The care is free, at no cost to patients or their families, the government, or any insurance company.
Most of the time, Kansas children and their parents need to travel to St. Louis to be evaluated as to whether or not they are eligible for the orthopedic treatment offered at the St. Louis hospital. But in conjunction with the 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl, parents and their children who live within driving distance of Hays will, in a sense, have the hospital come to them.
The Shrine Bowl and a local orthopedic surgeon are offering a free screening clinic for children and their parents as one of many activities that will precede this year's game. The clinic will be held at the offices of Dr. Greg Woods at his Hays Orthopaedic Clinic on game day, July 28th, from 9 am to noon. Fittingly, Dr. Woods is himself a former Kansas Shrine Bowl Player, having played in the second Shrine Bowl game in 1975. Woods serves as team physician for Ft.Hays State University athletes.
The free screening clinic is a program Shriners Hospitals have used for several years, according to Tammy Robbins, Director of Public and Community Relations at the St. Louis hospital. "Sometimes
information about how we can help children and families isn’t readily available to people who live far away from St. Louis,” she says. "To address that, local Shriners host free screening clinics to help us spread the word about our hospital and encourage parents to bring their children to a local doctor’s office to see if there’s a way Shriners Hospital can help." She adds that the screening program has been successful in many areas of the Midwest, particularly in southern Illinois. This is the first time such a screening has been held in conjunction with the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Robbins says if an orthopedic physician determines that a child has a condition that might be helped by a Shriners Hospitals, members of the Shrine fraternity are available to help the family complete an application for treatment at the St. Louis hospital. In addition, they will have information about the hospitals to send home with the parents.
She hopes many parents and children will take advantage of the screening clinic on July 28. "Even if we only have one person referred to the hospital, it will be worth the effort," she says.
Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis treats orthopedic conditions ranging from scoliosis, club foot, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hip problems, sports injuries and disorders of the arms, shoulders and hands, to name a few. In addition, other Shriners Hospitals treat burns, burn scars, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip/open palate. Parents or friends of children with any of these conditions are urged to bring the children to the screening clinic to find out if they are eligible for treatment at a Shriners Hospital.
Only two requirements must be met to be eligible: the child must be under the age of 18, and must have a condition Shrine physicians can treat. Families need not have a relationship with a Shriner, and do not need to meet financial prerequisites.
Proceeds from the Kansas Shrine Bowl support the Shriners 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, a 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.