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All-Star Game Announces Schedule, Teams

Posted on June 19, 2015 in U.P. Sports News.

MARQUETTE, MI – The U.P. Football All-Star Game has finalized the schedule and teams for this year’s event. One big change for this year’s game is that the teams will be split into North and South, instead of East and West. For the first seven years of the game, it was an East-West division.

The game will be played in Marquette at the Superior Dome, on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Game time is set for 3 PM, with the doors opening at 2 PM. Many activities are planned throughout the week for the players and coaches.

Monday, June 22, the players and coaches check in at Meyland Hall on NMU campus, and there will be a food drive for the Beacon House food pantry at the check-in location.

Tuesday evening, June 23, will be the team and individual pictures, as well as media day. Players and coaches will be available for interviews from any media that are present.

Wednesday afternoon, June 24, will be the Players Skills Challenge. The players will compete for the titles of Fastest Man, Strongest Man, Receiver, Quarterback Challenge, Kicking and Punting Challenges. The coaches will get the afternoon off and can just watch the players compete in the skills competition.

Thursday, June 25, the players and coaches will be visiting Bay Cliff Health Camp. Bay Cliff is a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and the all-star players will spend time with the campers, showing them football drills, and finishing the day by having dinner with the Bay Cliff campers and staff. After dinner, the players join the campers in their traditional flag lowering ceremony, which ends each day at Bay Cliff and is quite the spectacle.

Friday, June 26, is the All-Star Banquet, with the guest speaker Rob Rubick, former NFL player and Newberry native. Rubick played for the Detroit Lions and has had numerous television and other media analyst jobs since his time as a player. He is a member of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, the Newberry High School Hall of Fame and the Grand Valley State University Hall of Fame, and will have a great message for everyone in attendance.

Saturday morning, June 27, there will be one 5th-6th grade youth football game prior to the All-Star Game. The game will take place at Noon. Admission is free to all who want to attend, and the youth players will get in free to the All-Star Game if they wear their jersey. It is a great opportunity for the kids to play in the Dome, and for the fans to see some future All-Star prospects.

The U.P. Football All-Star Game will also be donating proceeds to the following U.P. charities: Beacon House, The U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, as well as Stephenson and Rapid River High Schools. A lottery drawing was performed to select the two schools, and donations will be made directly to the football program of those schools chosen. Each year, new schools will be chosen until all U.P. schools have received benefits from the game. Several other schools will also receive donations in the form of All-Star Game equipment, including the practice jerseys and footballs.

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