July 7, 2012


Mayville State University will host the North Dakota Shrine Bowl players and coaches during their week of training prior to this year’s 9-man and 11-man games. The Shrine Bowl will be held at Fargo Shanley High School on July 14. The North Dakota Shrine Bowl is sponsored by the Kem and El Zagal Temples of Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. Participating players and coaches are selected by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association.

The 132 members of the East and West 9-man and 11-man teams and their 16 coaches will practice at the Mayville State practice fields and Jerome Berg Field. Accommodations will be provided in Mayville State residence halls and dining services. Shrine game players and coaches will arrive at Mayville State at noon Monday, July 9 and check out the morning of July 14.

In addition to the regular practice schedule, a few special activities are planned. On Tuesday evening, July 10, players will be treated to a movie at Mayville’s Delchar Theater. The Amazing Spider Man will be playing in a private showing for the teams. Early on Wednesday morning, the group will head out for a visit to the Twin Cities Shrine Hospital. They’ll return to Mayville later in the evening. It’s back to football on Thursday. Following breakfast, practice, and lunch, players and coaches will be involved in Press Day. At 5:30 on Thursday, there will be a dinner outing for the Shrine Bowl participants at the Mayville Country Club. Friday, it’s back to “business as usual” with practices in the morning and afternoon.

Players and coaches will check out of the Mayville State residence halls Saturday morning and proceed to The Hub in Fargo for the annual banquet which begins at 10:30 a.m. The 11-man game will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Shanley High School, followed by the 11-man game at 7:00 p.m. The games are open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the field on game day. Tickets will sell for $5.00 each and are not available in advance.

This marks the 39th annual Shrine Bowl. Teams are made up of 120 athletes from North Dakota and 12 from northwest Minnesota, areas included in the Kem and El Zagal territories. The 16 coaches are all members in good standing with the North Dakota High School Coaches Association. Selections were based on the coaches’ respective 2011 seasons.

For more information about the North Dakota Shrine Bowl, go to NDShrineBowl.com.

We are thrilled about the opportunity to have these young men and their coaches on our campus. Our new and updated facilities will help us to provide a great atmosphere and experience for this distinguished group of athletes and coaches. I invite you to come over to campus and watch practices between July 9 and 13 to get a preview to the Shrine Bowl 2012.