Updated: August 22, 2013 6:03AM
Landon Covington, a student at Hillcrest High School, was selected to play in the 2013 Illinois High School Shrine All-Star Football game, an event inviting the state’s 80 best athletes to compete against each other while raising funds and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This year, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington hosted the 39th annual Shrine Game July 13 at Tucci Stadium.
The game began in 1975 when the Bloomington Shrine Club and the Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) joined forces to hold an all-star football game to help advance the mission of Shriners International, a fraternity committed to providing care to children and families in need. This year, the ICA and the five Illinois chapters of Shriners International, including the Medinah Shriners of Chicago, worked hard to create an event to bring together players, families, coaches, children, and the community.
The weeklong event gave players the opportunity to connect with the cause on a more personal level. Covington will visit the hospital’s Chicago location, meeting patients and hearing their stories. Game week also included a formal banquet for the players and their families, a barbecue with the Shriners and a parade in the community before kickoff on Saturday.
Shriners Hospitals for Children, the official philanthropy of Shriners International, is a pediatric health care system providing specialty care in a family-centered environment regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
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