Shrine Bowl players have experience of a lifetime

Shrine Bowl players have experience of a lifetime

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Shrine Bowl players have experience of a lifetime

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Wren quarterback Kelly Bryant (9) hands off to Dutch Fork’s running back Matthew Colburn (35) during practice at Spartanburg High School in preparation for the 78th annual Shrine Bowl on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Some of the best high school football players across the Carolinas visited the Greenville’s Shriners Hospitals on Sunday morning.

The visit gave participants an opportunity to meet the patients they will be raising money for next Saturday in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

“It was great to spend time with the guys and see all the kids,” said Wren quarterback Kelly Bryant. “We have been able to see how the Shriners Hospitals change lives and that means a lot.”

“It is a great opportunity to play in the game,” Orangeburg defensive lineman Albert Huggins said. “Before the visit, I did not know what was behind the Shrine Bowl. I did not know what the Shrine Bowl stood for. It is such a blessing to be able to play for these kids.”

Players had the opportunity to tour the hospital, as well as interact with patents.

“It was a great experience to tour the hospital and get the opportunity to play for these kids”, said Northwestern wide receiver Dupree Hart. “I’m just happy to be able to help the kids in any way I can. It is so much more than football.”

“It is a huge honor to play in the game, but it means even more to play for these kids,” Dorman wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside said.

During the tour, players visited the operating room, the Motion Analysis Lab, and Prosthetics and Orthotics.

“It is wonderful to be able to connect the players with the kids,” said Dr. Roy E. Davis. “The players are able to see how we, at the Shriners Hospitals, work together to help take care of kids who have physical challenges.

It is an incredible opportunity to share this story with these young people, who are highly motivated and will be going on to great careers themselves.”

“I think coming to the Shriners Hospitals gives players a great opportunity to see what they have,” Director of Orthotics and Prosthetics at Shriners Hospitals for Children Edward A. Skewes said. “Some of the children here don’t ever have the opportunity to play sports.

I think that the players leave the hospital with motivation to play the game. It helps them know about the hospital and the game has a tremendous impact on the Shriners organization and the community.”

“This game means something,” said Boiling Springs offensive lineman Noah Green. “We got to spend time with these kids. It is awesome that we are able to help them.”

“It shows us just how lucky we are ago be able to do the things we do,” Summerville offensive lineman Zack Bailey. said “It makes you want to play with a purpose.”

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