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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Polhlopek selected as Shrine Bowl manager/trainer

  • Joseph Polhlopek, Franklin, has a wealth of experience that qualifies him to serve as a manager/trainer for the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl, scheduled July 27 at Yager Stadium, Washburn University, Topeka.

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  • Joseph Polhlopek, Franklin, has a wealth of experience that qualifies him to serve as a manager/trainer for the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl, scheduled July 27 at Yager Stadium, Washburn University, Topeka.
    The job basically requires him to run hither and thither, doing whatever needs to be done.
    "I’ve been a manager since seventh grade at Northeast Junior High,” said the  son of Susie and Joe Polhlopek. “The last three years I’ve been the only manager, so I would know what running is like.”
    The Kansas Shrine  Bowl, one of the largest football programs in the United States, has two primary functions, first being the financial aid and support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, then the promotion of Kansas high school sports and top athletes.
    Polhlopek knows all about the topnotch care provided by Shriners Hospitals without cost to families.
    “Joseph was treated by the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis from the time he was 6 until he was 8,” said Mrs. Polhlopek. “He was never a patient in the hospital, it was all on the outpatient level. The Shriners foot the bill for the medical expenses, out hotel stays and food, everything. We are so appreciative of what they did for us.”
    Her son, who will be a Northeast High School senior in the fall, was nominated for the job by Stan Jahay, Mirza Shrine past potentate and a member of the Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors.
    “I proposed Joseph and I’m glad I did,” Jahay said. “I know he’ll do a good job. I didn’t even tell him I had nominated him, I just put his name in there. I knew he’d do it because of the kind of guy he is.”
    The Shriner said he first became acquainted with Polhlopek when he was a youngster undergoing hospital treatment. Later on, as a bus driver taking Northeast students to games, Jahay had an opportunity to see him in action as team manager.
    “Managers do all the go-for stuff, fix helmets, fill up water bottles, haul around 10-gallon water jugs and ice chests, and make the Gatorade,” Jahay  said. “He’ll take care of 33 players and eight coaches from the East division. Anything they want, that’s what he’ll have to get. He will have a helper.”
    Polhlopek will also be responsible for towels and laundry.
    “I may have to give him a crash course in laundry or they could have pink towels,” his mother said.
    Her son is being sponsored for the Shrine Bowl camp by the Mirza Chefs.
    “It costs $500  for him to stay there, and the Mirza Chefs paid it,” Jahay said.
    Polhlopek will report to Emporia for the camp at 9 a.m. July 18, and remain there until July 25, when they go to Topeka. There will be a banquet on July 26, with the parade and game the following day.
    Page 2 of 2 - This has been a busy summer for Polhlopek. He was also a delegate to Boys State.
    “I do weights in the summer and help with football mini camps,” Polhlopek said.
    He also has a small lawn business and takes care of several yards.
    He is a member of the Northeast chapter of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Kay Club, and also participates in Scholars Bowl.
    After high school, Polhlopek plans on attending Pittsburg State University or possibly the University of Kansas.
    “I want to major in elementary education,” he said.

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