its 28th year as a classic, the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl XXVIII
will be held on July 15, 2017. Formerly held at
Waterhouse Field in Biddeford, this year’s location is yet to be determined due
to the closure of the field. This high school senior, all-star football game is a
Kora Shrine sponsored event, created to raise money and to help make the public
aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care facilities available to children
who desperately need this specialized care, regardless of the patients’
ability to pay.
East-West match-up brings over 150 student athletes and coaches from all over
the state together to help create what has been considered the premier high school
sporting event held in Maine; where 100% of the net proceeds from the game are
for the benefit of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children across the US,
Canada, and Mexico.
students are high school seniors who will be graduating and are chosen from a
pool of talented athletes. “Students get nominated to participate in the game
and each coaching staff coach, from each program does that. Our staff talks
about which seniors are on the roster that best represent our school and we go
out and come back with a name we trust,” explains Windham head coach Matt
of those students is Ben MacDonald who will be representing the Windham/Raymond
community. “We are excited about Ben who to us is what fits, a kid you want to
represent your program, with all the things he brings as a leader and a person,
along with his work ethic and everything else. We have never sent a kid we were
worried about and never will,” added Perkins
the students, it is a special feeling to be nominated. “I was surprised but thankful
more than anything. It’s a pretty big honor,” shared MacDonald.
cheerleader, Cassidy Mullins will also be part of the festivities. “A real good
kid who has cheered right through since her freshman year,” said Perkins.
“I am honored to be recognized not only for my
ability as a cheerleader, but also as a leader on my team and in my community.
I had heard of the Shriners before and seen them in the local Summerfest Parade.
However, until I attended the orientation held in March, I had no idea what a
wonderful organization the Shriners is and what fantastic things they do for
children in need of medical care in the US, Canada and Mexico. This game
means so much more to me now then just cheering at a football game,” shared
will commit to a week-long training camp, where they make new friends and more
importantly learn why they play the game. To this end each athlete is required
to raise $500 to participate in the game, which pays for room and board for the
week. “This is because we rented out a facility years ago when the training
facility was at Colby College, now it is at Dover-Foxcroft which is a gorgeous
facility. They do charge a very good price compared to other places,” stated
Perkins. All proceeds above and beyond the required amount will be donated to
the Shriners Hospital.
shared what it means to be part of this charitable event, “One of the coolest
things and the reason I am in love with this game is that we are so lucky to be
able to coach and play the sport we love and that the money raised goes to such
an unbelievable cause. To be able to put some time in and work toward what this
cause is and how it helps these kids in life is just awesome. How can you not
want to help?”
assistant coach, Richard Johnson for this game also spoke, “It is an honor to
be asked to do this again. But the real winners are the Shriners. We don’t care
who wins or loses. What we care about is how much money we can make for them.
The passion you see from the kids that week and the Shriners in general, having
them around you all week, you can tell their commitment to their mission. It is
just great to be able to help them out and be part of that. At the end of the
game you just feel awesome! Friendships are made. When all is said and done at
the end of the game, it is all heartfelt and handshakes, being proud to
Assistant Principal who will also serve as one of the coaches shared his views,
“To be a small part of a big picture is just awesome! To see what Shriners
provide in the country is tremendous and to be able to give back with something
I enjoy and love is great.”
can be purchased after June 1. There is also the 12th Annual Lobster
Bowl Golf Classic being held prior to the game on July 8 at the Meadows Golf
Club in Litchfield.