As Shriners, we are part of an international organization that strengthens us on both a personal and, in many cases, a familial level. Steven T. Clark, past East-West Shrine Game player and Shriners International legacy member, is proud to be part of a history of brotherhood and camaraderie that stretches beyond himself.
Clark was one of nearly 100 college football all-stars that took the field on Jan.18, 2014, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., to play the 89th East-West Shrine Game. To Clark, this particular game was especially meaningful. Nearly 40 years ago, Clark’s grandfather, Thomas Perry, joined the Shriners fraternity. In 2010, Clark also became a Shriner, and now shares the fraternal experience with both his grandfather and a cousin.
Clark became part of his family’s Shriners legacy when he joined Ararat Shriners in Kansas City, Mo. He decided to join the fraternity to commemorate his grandfather’s more than 40 years of contributions to the organization, and the special bond they share. Clark’s grandfather became a member of Ararat Shriners in 1978, and was very active in his local community. “I have always admired the kind of man my grandfather is and all that he represents,” said Clark. “And being a Shriner is a big part of that.”
On Jan. 17, 2014, the day before he played in the East-West Shrine Game, then Imperial Potentate, John Cinotto, presented Clark with a legacy plaque and pin at the Players’ and Hall of Fame banquet to honor his family’s fraternal legacy. For many men, being a Shriner is a family tradition that stretches across generations. The Legacy Program is a way to honor this special bond.