PITTSBURG — Before the upcoming 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl that will be held at Pittsburg State University, the Mirza Shrine held a banquet at the Mirza Center for the eight players who will be representing the area in the game.

Frontenac’s Broc Ginavan, Pittsburg High School’s Chase Curtis, and St. Mary’s-Colgan player Max Wilson were among the eight SEK players in attendance.

“The Shrine Bowl is a great event that benefits Shriners Hospital,” said Max Wilson. “For me to be able to be apart of something that has such a positive effect on kids in surrounding communities is a special feeling.”

At the banquet the players got to meet a few of the children that will benefit from the money raised from the Shrine Bowl game to be played on July 28.

“I am thankful to be given this chance to help raise the funds that will be put towards the treatment used to help these kids battle their medical conditions.” said Chase Curtis.

Executive Director of the Shrine Bowl B.J. Harris introduced the players. Cherryvale High and former Shrine Bowl East team coach Harry Hester was the keynote speaker.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be selected to the team and play for the kids at Shriners,” said Broc Ginavan. “I feel blessed to be able to play for such a great cause.”