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A History of Milestones and Achievements

The East-West Shrine Bowl has come a long way from its humble beginnings in San Francisco. Prior to 1925, the East-West Shrine Bowl was a baseball game held several times between the Islam Shriners (presently Asiya Shriners) and the Elks. While the game raised money for each of their respective charities, Shriners team captain E. Jack Spaulding thought there must be a way to generate more exposure for the organizations, and came up with the idea of replacing the baseball game with football. He determined that an all-star football game, featuring the best college players competing against one another, might be more successful, and the concept of the East-West Shrine Bowl was born, with all net proceeds from the game benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children.

On December 26, 1925, at San Francisco’s Ewing Field, the top college football players from the East and West coasts came together in an exciting match-up of extraordinary talent, and the Shriners hosted the very first college all-star football game in the nation, before an audience of 25,000 fans — the largest crowd in the ballpark’s history. The game raised $25,000, which was donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children — San Francisco. The game has continued to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout its 90-plus year history.

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