Not all of the young people that gather to prepare for the July 28 Kansas Shrine Bowl will be equipped with pads and helmets during pre-game drills.
Many of them--125, to be exact--will instead be using pompons as part of their practice routines. They'll be the cheerleaders for the annual Shrine Bowl tilt, and will be gathering at Ft. Hays State University several days before the game to get instruction and get ready for the game. The cheerleaders will gather at Ft. Hays State on Wednesday, July 25, to begin preparations for the Shrine Bowl weekend. The cheerleaders will attend the annual Shrine Bowl banquet on July 27, march in the Shrine Bowl Parade on game day morning, and be part of Shrine Bowl pregame and halftime festivities.
Dave Mize, Executive Director of the Kansas Shrine Bowl, says the cheerleading camp has two main functions. "We want to offer an opportunity for young people interested in cheerleading to get excellent instruction in cheerleading from some of the best in the business", he says. "And we also want to have cheerleaders at the game itself. Cheerleaders are a very important part of the football atmosphere on any level, and we think it's important to have that component at the Shrine Bowl."
The Cheerleading camp is in its fifth year as part of Kansas Shrine Bowl activities, which also includes the Masonic All-State Marching Band. The cheerleading camp is led by Al Enlow, Director of Cheerleading and Mascots at Kansas State University, and his staff of about 8 people. This year's camp will be conducted in
conjunction with the cheerleading staff at Ft. Hays State University. The camp will include a mock college tryout, to help prospective cheerleaders know what to expect should they choose to pursue cheerleading on the collegiate level.
Mize says the cheerleading camp will also offer a mini-clinic for kids from 5 to 10 years old. The mini-clinic will be held beginning at 2 PM on game day. Participants will receive a T-shirt, be served dinner, and will be part of the evening's pregame and halftime activities. They will be released after the on-the-field halftime show. Cost of the mini-clinic will be $40.00 per participant. More information is available by calling the Kansas Shrine Bowl Office at 1-800-530-5524.
This year's participants will come from 14 Kansas junior high and high schools from across the state. They include students from Clay Center, Colby, Ft. Scott, Great Bend Middle School, Hays, Hoisington, Hutchinson, Hutchinson Trinity, LaCrosse, Salina Central, Sedan, Southeast of Saline, Stockton, and Uniontown.
Proceeds from the event 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, 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.