Lane Carter of Sundance High School has been selected to represent the Upton-Sundance Patriots at the Shrine Bowl, an all-star post season football game that will take place in Casper in June. Andy Garland of Upton has also been selected to represent the Patriots as coach.
“The Shrine Bowl is a charity event where they take the best football players from the north and the best football players from the south and put them on teams,” says Carter.
Carter is one of 36 players who have been selected for the North Team. Players must have graduated prior to playing the game and be considered of high quality and worth to qualify for the game.
“All the coaches get together in Gillette, pick through the players and choose their players from different teams and different positions,” says Carter, the sole player representing Sundance and Upton this year.
“Defensive tackle is the position I was selected for, but they said it might change once I get there.”
The Shrine Bowl showcases the best players in all of Wyoming’s football conferences and has taken place every year since 1974. The charity event is held in support of the Shriners Childrens Hospitals, which offer specialty care to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate.
“A week before the game, the players go to Salt Lake City, where the Shriners hospital is. The players practice there and interact with the children at the hospital,” says Carter.
“All the money made from the entrance fee to the game goes to the hospital. It’s something the Shriners put on every year and it’s an honor to be selected for it.”
To date, the Shrine Bowl has raised over $450,000 for the hospitals. The hospital visit is regarded as the heart of the event and is reflected in the game’s slogan: “Strong legs run so that weak legs might walk.”