Player's Journey Comes Full Circle

Thursday, January 16, 2014

(TAMPA, Fla.) It’s no surprise that SEC’s Auburn University was in a nail biting battle between ACC’s Florida State University during the BCS National Championship earlier this month. While millions tuned in to college football’s biggest event, Steven T. Clark was deep in the action. Clark, Auburn’s punter, and now East-West Shrine Game player, was busy maintaining the Tiger’s field position during the gut-wrenching and physical exchanges of possession that occurred throughout the entire game.

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, Clark, along with nearly 100 other college football all-stars, will demonstrate his athleticism on the East-West gridiron in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the opportunity to showcase his talents to the many NFL scouts, GMs and coaches in attendance. “My invitation to the East-West Shrine Game is extremely gratifying and unexpected,” said Clark. “I was not sure where I would get invited, but I was extremely thrilled I was asked to take part in the Shrine Game.”

For Clark, this particular platform is both personal and meaningful. Nearly 40 years ago, Clark’s grandfather, Thomas Perry, joined the Shriners Fraternity – the very organization that founded and continues to support all 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children locations today. In 2010, Clark joined his grandfather and cousin as a fellow Shriner and hopes to become more active once graduated.

For Clark, football is always “more than just a game” – it is a way to give back and to contribute to organizations such as Shriners Hospitals for Children. “The East-West Shrine Game is unlike any other bowl game out there,” said Clark. “It gives the players a truly meaningful experience and opportunity to play the game they love.” In the week to come, Clark is anticipating a win for both the East team and children of Shriners Hospitals.

For more information on the 89th East-West Shrine Game and its beneficiary, Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit shrinegame.com and shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, respectively.

About the East-West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and features some of the highest-rated players in the projected NFL draft ranking. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children. For more information, visit shrinegame.com.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.