Seventy-two recently graduated high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont arrived on the campus of Kimball Union Academy last week to begin preparation for the 57th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. The summer classic is set for Saturday, Aug. 7 in Windsor.
Players from high schools in Rutland, Addison, Windsor and Chittenden counties will be players on the all-star team this year.
This is the third year that KUA has hosted the Shrine football teams and the school's close proximity to Windsor and the availability of both natural and artificial turf make it an ideal location.
The players will under go physicals and have team pictures this morning and then take to the field for afternoon and evening workouts before finally calling it a day. Vermont head coach Charlie Burnett from Essex and New Hampshire head coach Ken Sciacca from North County Regional (Conway) have told their players to report in shape and ready to go.
Both teams are scheduled to have triple sessions starting tomorrow and even the threat of showers will not detract from the plan of having both offenses in place by this weekend.
New Hampshire leads the overall series 41-13-2, including last year's 40-6 victory over Vermont, but the Vermonters hope that this will be their year as the game moves across the Connecticut River for only the third time in Bowl Game history.
Preceding the bowl game in Windsor, there will be a spectacular parade through the streets of Windsor featuring over 3,000 marchers. The parade is scheduled for noon and in addition to units from seven Shrine Centers in the Northeast, there will be an appearance by the Shrine All Star High Band, made up of nearly 100 high school musicians from 20 high schools, kick-off for the football game is set for 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the game is $8 in advance and $10. on game day. There is also reserved seating for $20 and these can be obtained from any of the ticket outlets throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. For more information, contact the Shrine Bowl Football office at 603-448-1042.