Scottsbluff football coach Joe Benson named assistant coach in Shrine Bowl
     2012-11-22      By Press Release   
KEARNEY - The Shrine Bowl of Nebraska, Inc. and the City of Kearney are proud to announce that the 2013 & 2014 Nebraska Shrine Bowl games will be played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field. “Since the formation of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl in 1958, the annual event has been held in Lincoln. We have had a group working on this project since it was announced earlier in the year that the Shrine Bowl Committee would be looking for a new home as Memorial Stadium could no longer host the football game due to new NCAA rules,” stated Steve O’Brien, Secretary of the Shrine Bowl Executive Committee and Past Potentate of the Tehama Shriners.

Along with a new home, the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska, Inc. has nominated these Nebraska high school football coaches for the 2013 game:

South
Head Coach Bill Carlin Adams Central
Asst. Coach Craig Schnitzler Kenesaw
Brett Froendt Omaha Westside
David Colling Kearney Catholic
Shawn Mulligan Adams Central
Dave Leader Lincoln Southeast
North
Head Coach Mike Johnson Waverly
Asst. Coach Steven Gubbels Arlington
Chris Nizzi Creighton Prep
Joe Benson Scottsbluff
John Bacus Elkhorn
Seth Styskal Waverly

An official bid was presented in September to the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska, Inc. by the Kearney Visitors Bureau with input from a variety of Kearney community leaders. Lincoln also presented a bid. After comparing presentations, the bid was awarded to Kearney. Funds from the Kearney Visitors Bureau along with funds from TEAM Kearney will be used to help offset the costs of hosting such a prestigious event.

The three Nebraska Shrine temples, Sesostris (Lincoln), Tangier (Omaha) and Tehama (Hastings) joined forces to create the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska, Inc. in May of 1958. This groups’ mission is to recognize the best senior football players and the efforts of great coaches in Nebraska with the goal of raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The main purpose of this premier athletic event is to raise revenue to support the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and benefit Shrine Hospital transportation funds.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international hospital system located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with specialties ranging from orthopedic, burn, and spinal care. All 22 facilities are dedicated to providing specialized research and treatment to children under the age of 18 absolutely free of charge to the patient and his/her family.

TEAM Kearney was formed to allow Kearney to continue to be a competitive sports and special events community in the regional and national markets. A group of hospitality businesses help provide funding to bring new events or expand existing events in the Kearney area. This group sees a direct impact on the number of visitors that come to Kearney for sports and special events, and spend their money in local restaurants, shopping facilities, and lodging properties.

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