Courtesy of Todd Goldbeck/XCEL
MARQUETTE, MI – The U.P. Football All-Star Game has finalized the schedule and teams for this year’s event. The teams will again be split into East and West.
The game will be played in Marquette at the Superior Dome, on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Game time is set for 3 PM, with the doors opening at 2 PM. Many activities are planned throughout the week for the players and coaches.
Monday, June 23, the players and coaches check in at Meyland Hall on NMU campus, and there will be a food drive for the Beacon House food pantry at the check-in location.
Tuesday evening, June 24, will be the team and individual pictures, as well as media day. Players and coaches will be available for interviews from any media that are present.
Wednesday afternoon, June 25, will be the Players Skills Challenge. The players will compete for the titles of Fastest Man, Strongest Man, Receiver, Quarterback Challenge, Kicking and Punting Challenges. The coaches will get the afternoon off to watch the players compete in the skills competition.
Thursday, June 26, the players and coaches will be visiting Bay Cliff Health Camp. Bay Cliff is a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and the all-star players will spend time with the campers, showing them football drills, and finishing the day by having dinner with the Bay Cliff campers and staff.
Friday, June 27, is the All-Star Banquet, with the guest speaker Bill Santilli, Forest Park Head Coach. Coach Santilli is a member of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame and has won State Championships with Forest Park, as both a player and coach. His Forest Park teams have been some of the best in the state on a yearly basis. He will have a great message for everyone in attendance.
Saturday morning, June 28, there will be two youth football games prior to the All-Star Game. The games will take place at 10:15 AM and Noon. Admission is free to all who want to attend, and the youth players will get in free to the All-Star Game if they wear their jersey. It is a great opportunity for the kids to play in the Dome, and for the fans to see some future All-Star prospects.
The U.P. Football All-Star Game will also be donating proceeds to the following U.P. charities: Beacon House, The U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, as well as Rudyard High School and Engadine High School. A lottery drawing was performed to select the two schools, and donations will be made directly to the football program of those schools chosen. Each year, new schools will be chosen until all U.P. schools have received benefits from the game. Several other schools will also receive donations in the form of All-Star Game equipment, including the practice jerseys and footballs.
View the rosters for both teams here.