ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- East impresses the audience by winning 25 - 8 at the 86th East-West Shrine Game®. The longest running college all-star football game took place at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. and was televised for the first time by NFL Network.
Fans gathered to watch the best college football players in the country showcase their talent while supporting the beneficiary of the game, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
"What is special about our game is that in the end the kids are always the winners," said George Mitchell, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International.
East squad, coached by Dan Reeves, set the tone defensively early in the game over Wade Phillips' West squad. Delone Carter from Syracuse University was the offensive MVP of the game and rushed for 54 yards on 11 carries, including a 16-yard touchdown. The defensive MVP of the game went to defensive tackle, Martin Parker from the University of Richmond.
Players learned the true purpose of the game during a visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Tampa earlier in the week.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children®
Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. The organization depends on the generosity of Shriners and donors, as well as funds raised by special events, such as the East-West Shrine Game®.
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