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Updated: April 4, 2013 2:08AM



The day before many gather to watch the most popular sporting event in America, students at Lincoln-Way North High School staged a football competition of their own.

To help collect canned goods and other food for a local charity, school organizations such as the Mathletes and the Business Leaders of America joined the Key Club to participate in the fourth annual Souper Bowl.

While the Souper Bowl of Caring is a nationwide effort to tackle hunger, Lincoln-Way North students spice up their food drive with a flag football tournament in the school’s fieldhouse.

The winner of the tournament takes home the Souper Bowl trophy — an encased football signed by the winner — and bragging rights for the rest of the year. All the donated goods go to Morning Star Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen out of Joliet.

Matt Jordan, Lincoln-Way North history teacher and Key Club sponsor, said that all the high school students who deliver a bag of canned goods to the event are credited with one hour of community service. All seniors must complete 25 hours of community service before graduation.

Jordan said students brought in 396 cans Saturday. About 1,100 cans were donated in the first three years.

“This is a nice way to get plugged in so that maybe when they’re adults, they’ll continue with their service,” Jordan said.

The games were set up in a bracket tournament, pitting six different teams against each other. Each game was split between two 12-minute halves.

Kyle Carrara participated in the event even though he attends Lincoln-Way East. Carrara is a goalie for the district’s lacrosse team and was hoping for a tournament championship.

“Oh, yeah, we’re going to win,” Carrara said. “The trick to winning is overconfidence.”

Lincoln-Way North’s Mathletes club had a reason for confidence — it had two ringers. School football players Conor McDonald and Steven Kurina led the team.

McDonald, who wore a pink shirt that said “Real Mathletes wear pink,” said his experience playing organized football “helped him see the ball better.”

“Our team is pretty good, we’re tearing it up,” McDonald said.

Chris Doyle, a Lincoln-Way North senior and member of the Key Club, said that while he was excited to play football, there is more than just touchdowns when it comes to winning the Souper Bowl.

“The football part is fun, but the driving force of the Souper Bowl is to collect as many canned goods as we can,” Doyle said.



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