Coaches Need to Allow Shrine All-Stars to Play

By: By Mark Ewing Email
By: By Mark Ewing Email

It is Shrine Bowl week.
The annual high school football charity game is the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”.
If you can manage it, I’m telling you to go to hays this Saturday for the game. the list of activities is as long, and as fun as I can remember. and of course, there’s the game. The East team, which is coached by Seaman High’s Blake Pierce, features six players from Shawnee County and a host of others from Northeast Kansas.
Playing in the heart of Western Kansas, I know they would appreciate your support. Although there is an impressive list of high school talent on display, because of circumstances beyond the control of the Shriners, the game again lost some of the state’s best players. At least eight original selections backed out of the game because they felt obligated to be on their future college campuses.
I have a real problem with these early scholarship programs. Here’s the reality of this continuing issue.
These outstanding young people may never contribute as much to their future football programs as they will to the cause of the Shriner’s Hospitals.
In addition, the life lessons learned about putting others first, while being given the last opportunity to represent their home towns and the State of Kansas is far more valuable than getting an early leg up for their freshman seasons in college.
College Football Coaches need to know --- not only does the Shrine Bowl come only once a Summer, only once in a lifetime can “Strong legs run so weak legs can walk”. that’s “On the Mark”.

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