Shrine Bowl will not be played Saturday

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Saturday would have been the annual Shrine Bowl Classic, but, like so many other events, the game was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEDAR FALLS — Fans are reminded that the 48th Iowa Shrine Bowl Classic, originally scheduled to be played Saturday at the UNI-Dome, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to not hold the event was originally announced May 28.

Players, coaches and cheerleaders who were selected to participate will be recognized, as the Shrine Bowl committee intend to publish a commemorative program.

A 2020 Shrine Bowl game jersey, t-shirt and pin will be presented to selected players, while cheerleaders will receive a backpack and a pin. Players and cheerleaders will also receive lifetime passes to all future Iowa Shrine Bowl games.

Mediacom MC Channel 22 has announced they will broadcast a special 30-minute show at 4 p.m. Saturday, which would have been kick-off time. A replay of the 2019 Iowa Shrine Bowl Classic will air immediately afterward.

The Shrine Bowl committee offered a press release on the cancellation.

“Our mission to support The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children remains the same, despite there not being a game this year. Our hope is this year we will again be able to make a contribution to The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children that will make a difference in the life of a child and, in so doing, honor our 2020 Iowa Shrine Bowl players, cheerleaders, coaches and sponsors.

We share in the disappointment held by so many that we are not able to play this year.”

Over $2.6 million has been raised, to date, to help fund Shriner Hospitals for Children. Funds are generated by ticket sales, advertising in the game program, merchandise sales, contributions and corporate and private sponsorships.

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