PRESS RELEASE –
EMBARGO – DECEMBER 25, 2019
Montana East-West Shrine Game
(Billings, MT) – The rosters for the 74th Annual Montana
East-West Shrine Game has been announced.
The game will be played July
18, 2020 in Billings, MT. The Montana Shrine Game is the premier
all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished
players and coaches.
It is also the one of the
oldest high school all-star football games in America. Every
year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are
selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make
the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care
available at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane,
Expert care is provided
regardless of the family’s ability to pay. In recent years, the
Montana game has become the top Shrine Game in the nation for
hospital donations. In the last ten years this game has raised
nearly $1,000,000. Forty of Montana’s finest are selected to
compete on each team and two players from Calgary will join
them, one for the East and one for the West.
The East Team will be coached by John Fitzgerald of Red
Lodge. Coach Fitzgerald is a Columbus, Montana native and played
for the Grizzlies as a member of their 2001 National
played in the 1997 shrine game and started his coaching career
in 2002 in Cut Bank. He’s currently head coach of the Red Lodge
Rams (2004-2013 and 2017-2019) leading his team to a semi-final
finish this year. This is Fitzgerald’s first opportunity to
coach in the shrine game.
Heading the West Team will be Arie Grey of Butte High. Coach
Grey is a Deer Lodge native and spent his college career as a
speedster for the MSU Bobcats. Arie also played in the 1997
Shrine game and has coached this game two other times, once as
an assistant and as head coach in 2013. Grey’s head coached the
Butte Bulldogs for twelve years, leading them to a state
championship in 2012 and a runner up finish in 2019.
These players were nominated by their schools and
coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of
the best” to participate in the 74th Montana Shrine Game. They
join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on
to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.
"Strong Legs Run, So Weak Legs May Walk."
get closer to the game we will be adding events, ticket
information and apparel
options for all fans of the Shrine
Game. Please check back to keep up to date as we quickly
approach the 73rd Annual Montana
East-West Shrine Game.