The 32nd edition of Shrine Bowl Canada will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. at Concordia Stadium located at the 7200 Sherbrooke Street West in Montreal. The Karnak Shriners of Quebec, organizers of the event, are very proud to announce that in 2018, the Shrine Bowl will reach $ 1 million dollars raised since its inception in 1987.
This year, the game will see the Concordia University Stingers face off against the Laval University Rouge et Or. The public is invited to attend this annual charity event (tickets are $15) which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada.
Glen Constantin, head coach of the Laval Rouge et Or and Brad Collinson, head coach of the Concordia Stingers, are ready for the big game. This year, the Honorary Chairman of the event will be Gerry McGrath, a former CFL placekicker and punter who played six seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, the Montreal Concordes, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. McGrath was later head coach of the Concordia Stingers.
Also new this year, Canadian singer/songwriter Sara Diamond, known for singing the national anthems at Montreal Canadiens games, will kick-off the event by performing the national anthem and will sing two songs at half time.
The Shrine Bowl King and Queen
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Two patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada, Victoria, 14, and Saoud, 16, have been crowned Queen and King of Shrine Bowl Canada 2018.
Victoria first came to Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada when she was 9. Her family already knew of the excellent care and treatments offered at the hospital since Victoria’s elder sister was treated there for her clubfoot. Under the care of Jean Ouellet, M.D. and his team, Victoria saw her scoliosis corrected. Very artsy, she enjoys drawing, crafts and most of all, dancing. She does not know yet what the future holds for her¦ maybe a career in cooking? However, she is certain of one thing: thanks to the care she received at Canada Shriners Hospital, the future is full of exciting possibilities!
Saoud, 16, was born in Morocco with spina bifida and issues with his legs. Despite the condition remaining undiagnosed before birth, he received great care in his native country. When his family moved to Montreal in 2012, they knew they wanted to continue Saouds care at Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada. In 2013, Saoud had a 7-hour operation to his right thigh. A team of specialists has been following him every six months ever since. Saoud will tell you that it is his physical disabilities that caused him the biggest problems at school: kids bullied him because of his spina bifida. He has turned that around by standing up to bullies and speaking to thousands of students about bullying on behalf of the hospital.
Cover the Shrine Bowl and Highlight the Philanthropic Aspect of this Special Game
We invite you to cover the game which will see the Concordia Stingers take on the Laval Rouge et Or.
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 Time: 2 p.m. Where: Concordia Stadium, 7200, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H4B 1R6
We invite you to highlight the fact that this game is unlike the others : the Shrine Bowl is a fundraising event started 32 years ago by the Karnak Shriners, a fraternity, in order to raise funds for Canada Shriners Hospital. Their idea was to promote family fun, football and fundraising! Representatives from the Shriners, the Shrine Bowl, and the hospital will be on-site to give you interviews pre-game and at half-time. The Shrine Bowl king and queen will also be available for interviews. For these interviews, please contact Caroline Phaneuf, Communications and Marketing, Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada, [email protected] or by text or call at 514-778-5092 (please only texts or calls on Saturday).
About Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada
Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada is the only Canadian facility in the network of Shriners hospitals. A bilingual hospital, it offers short-term, ultra-specialized orthopedic care to children in Canada, the United States and around the world. Infants, children and young adults with orthopedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, osteogenesis imperfecta, clubfoot, hip dysplasia or cerebral palsy benefit from the expertise of our medical teams in terms of treatment and rehabilitation.
Affiliated with McGill University, the hospital has a Pediatric Simulation Center and a Motion Analysis Center to stimulate excellence and innovation in care, teaching and research. Physicians, residents and health professionals benefit from our facility on the Glen site to further their training and experience. In addition to providing an environment of patient- and family-centered care, the hospital, through telemedicine, community clinics and satellite clinics, is present in communities across Canada. Recognized as an institution that promotes health, Shriners Hospitals for Children “ Canada has been helping children reach their full potential for over 90 years.