The 76th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is scheduled for December 15 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. First held in 1937 in Charlotte, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is the oldest and most prestigious high school all-star football game in the country. In the 75 years of Shrine Bowl history, South Carolina teams have won 41 times, North Carolina teams have won 30 times, and there have been 4 ties. The game raises more than one million dollars each year for the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children and 21 other Shriners Hospitals in the nation.
Shriners Hospitals provide the highest quality care to children with burns, spinal cord injuries, neuromusculoskeletal conditions, cleft palate, and other special healthcare needs. The philosophy of care and treatment is family centered. Children are generally referred for treatment by their primary care physician. Treatment is based strictly on medical need rather than the patients ability to pay for services. The Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children is located at 950 Faris Road. This hospital specializes in orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal care.
Five Shrine Temples in North and South Carolina are involved in this enormous fundraising effort. The players on the two teams are selected by Shrine Bowl coaches, and rosters are announced in October. The teams consist of 44 high school players from each state who have been nominated by their respective high school football coaches. The players must be graduating seniors and must meet academic and attendance requirements of their school systems. Each year the players and coaches visit patients in the Greenville Shriners Hospital to take gifts and play with the children. This is a way for players to give back to the community.
The game day schedule begins at 10am with a parade from downtown Spartanburg to Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College, site of the game. The parade route begins at Church and Kennedy Streets and heads north up Church Street to the college. Parade units include high school bands and various Shrine units. A King and Queen are selected each year from children at the Greenville Shriners Hospital and the Cincinnati Burn Center. The stadium gates open at 10:30am, and pre-game activities begin at noon. Coaches and players are introduced during this time. Game kickoff time is 1pm. Gibbs Stadium is located at 429 N. Church Street. Stadium parking is located off N. Pine Street. Tickets to the game are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the gate.