I had such a humbling experience visiting the hospital and seeing what these kids face on a daily basis. The fact they are able to beat the odds given their circumstances, made me reassess what is important in my own life. My only complaint is that I wish I had more time to spend with the children.
Jan Jorgensen,
2010 West Squad DL, BYU
“You cannot help, but be touched when you visit the hospital the Sunday before game. Words cannot describe the feeling that you get from bringing so much joy into these children’s lives. I’m so proud to be back coaching at the East-West Shrine Game and help raise money for such a special cause.”
Dan Reeves,
East-West Shrine Game Coach, 2007 & 2011
"Family means everything in the world to me. So when I saw first-hand the struggles these children and their parents go through, it was heartbreaking. I could not imagine what their lives would be like without the Shriners organization and the great work they do to help the foundation of our future."
Marty Shottenheimer,
Coach of the 2010 West Squad
"It’s a huge honor to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game and practice in front of NFL coaches and scouts. After visiting the hospital, I realized the true honor of the game is bringing smiles to the children’s faces and seeing first-hand what the Shriners Hospital for Children does for the world.”
Todd Reesing,
2010 West Squad QB, Kansas
“When I visited the Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston, it gave me a different perspective on what the game really meant. You realize how selfless an organization it is and how much effort and resources are put into treating children. It is an experience that every individual can learn from and one that I will never forget.”
Kyle Shotwell,
2007 Pat Tillman Award Winner
Anytime you have the chance to visit kids at the Shriners Hospital for Children and help our next generation, is a cause that is very dear to me. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to coach in the 86th East-West Shrine Game and go up against my longtime friend Dan Reeves.
Wade Phillips,
Coach of the 2011 East-West Shrine Game