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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, Washington.  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 championship team.
 John 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."
As we 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.

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