The Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Game was established by
a group of sports minded Iowa Shriners after having seen
the success of Shrine sponsored Football Games in other
much planning, the first All-Star Football and Basketball
games were played in 1973 in Iowa City.
These games were financially unsuccessful; thus the
Basketball game was dropped.
In 1974, after much dedicated work, the indebtedness was paid off.
The contributions from this annual event now total
over $2.6 million dollars in support of The Shriner's Hospitals for
All profits from the game are distributed to
Shriner's Hospitals for Children making any sponsorship a charitable
The efforts of our players, cheerleaders, dance team
members, their parents, coaches and the generosity of
their sponsors and communities has generated the following
amounts : 2003 - $72,000, 2004 - $101,000, 2005 - $80,000,
2006 - $80,000 2007 - $76,000, 2008 - $72,000, 2009 -
$50,000 , 2010 - $70,000. 2011 - $60,000, 2012
- $68,000, 2013 - $80,000, 2014 - $90,000, 2015
- $80,000 and 2016 - $90,000.
goal this year is $100,000.
Your Help It Will Happen"
The Board of Directors for the Iowa Shrine Bowl Games,
Inc. is structured to have 3 Shriners from each of
Iowa’s four Shrine Centers: Abu Bekr, Sioux City; El
Kahir, Cedar Rapids; Kaaba, Davenport; and Za-Ga-Zig,
Each member is appointed to a three-year term with
a new member appointed from each Shrine Center annually.
Each Shrine Center appoints a Coordinator to assist his
Shrine Center in soliciting sponsors for inclusion in the game
program, player sponsorships, and ticket sales.
The Board represents members of the business and
professional community, active and retired, throughout the
The Board appoints a General Manager each year,
which is responsible to the Board for the administration
of the annual All-Star game.
There are 46 graduating High School Seniors selected for
each Squad by the coaching staffs.
The division line for the North and South basically
is Highway 30 as it crosses the State, East to West, with
the western extension from Denison to Onawa.
All schools bordering Highway 30 have players on
the South Squad, except for the Cedar Rapids schools where
the players are on the North Squad.
The exception is Cedar Rapids Prairie, which
represents the South Squad.
In 1986 the number of players was increased from 40
to 44 to permit participation of more small schools on the
All-Star squads. In the 2002 game an additional kicker was
added and in 2006 a punter was added for a total of 46.
Each fall the Iowa High School coaches are requested to
recommend a defensive and offensive player whom he feels
will be a good representative of his school and community.
He is not only a good athlete, but also one who is
also academically successful, and active in school and
In July the Iowa High School Coaches Association selects a Head Coach for each Squad. They in turn select five assistants so as to have one from
Class 4-A, 3-A, 2-A, and 1A/A. and 8 person.
The coaches select the players from the nominations
submitted earlier by their coaches.
Every effort is made to select players from across
the State, with a representative balance in the number of
players from each Shrine Center jurisdiction.
Several years ago, we added an All-Star Cheerleader program
which has been very successful. They are nominated by their schools and must attend a tryout,
which is held in January.
Professional trainers, who are judges, assist in the selection of who will be invited to attend
camp. We try
to select 60 cheerleaders for this program.
year we will hold a "Mini-Camp" on campus at UNI for
the hospital children.
All children will work with the football players
and cheerleaders to learn skills of football and
The player and cheerleader’s enthusiasm for the
day of this annual game is heightened, when they see how
the profits from this game are helping hundreds of
Iowa’s physically handicapped children.
The operating budget is
$ 826 million, which
is over $2.2 million dollars per day to run our
The Iowa Shrine All-Star game is an
event which extends
the maximum visibility to the Shiner’s great
philanthropy – 18 orthopedic hospitals, 3 burn centers,
and 1 which treats all types of needs in North America.
This exposure is not limited to the 92 players, 60
cheerleaders, 15 coaches, and 4 managers, but also their
families, friends, game sponsors, and others who learn of
our game through the media.
Names of the players and cheerleaders selected, and who
accept, are released to the news media in late February.
Soon thereafter, a Shriner who is familiar with the
community and volunteers to provide his support contacts
the participant, their coach, and parents.
At this meeting the ramifications of putting on the
game are discussed, especially developing steps in
securing sponsors for the participant for inclusion in the