The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) and the Shriners of Illinois are teaming up to raise awareness of and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The IHSFCA and members of the Shriners International fraternity will collect donations this Friday, September 11, when the Hornets take on Wesclin at Nashville High School.
The Shriners operate hospitals in both Chicago and St. Louis, providing specialized care in orthopaedics, spinal cord injury rehab and cleft lip and palate repair, all regardless of the family's ability to pay.
Last year, Nashville High School senior Dylan Mueller played in the 2015 Illinois Shriners game that was held at Illinois Wesleyan University. Although Mueller was not able to visit the Shriners Hospital in Chicago, he was able to be a part of the Miracle Softball game. The Miracle Softball game paired each player in the game, with a Shriner patient. Mueller said the game had the most impact on him of everything that went on.
“ It was this game that I realized how big of an impact that this experience had on me and made me realize that there are bigger things out there.” While Mueller lost the football game, the experience is one he will never forget.
The Illinois Shriners Football Game has been an event for 41 years with the best high school players in Illinois being a part of it. The game has raided more than 1.2 million dollars to support the hospitals in St. Louis and Chicago.
Shriners Hospitals for Children have treated more than 1 million children in their 90 years of service. Other participating games can be found at www.ilshrinegame.com or www.icacoach.org.
Hornets Team Up With Shriners For Friday Game