Richardson selected as South representative for Shrine Bowl

BY KILEY ANGLE, BRITTAN SCHMITZ & KYLER DUNHAM

Ethan Richardson, 12, was selected by a line of coaches, media resources and a final draft from a Topeka board to play in the 2017 Shrine Bowl game, a non-profit charity raising funds for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

“On Wednesday, my girlfriend notified me that I was going to be playing in the Shrine Bowl,” Richardson said. “She sent me a picture of the list with all players.”

The Shrine Bowl is an annual game with players from all around Kansas coming together to play against each other in order to raise money for the children’s hospital. The hospital started the fundraising in 1974 to not only raise money but to expose Kansas high school talent.

“The Shrine Bowl allows that years coaches to nominate four people and start the selection process,” Brent Pfeifer, coach, said. “It’s an exciting experience for coaches and players.”

For the past five years, South has had players be nominated for a position to play. Including Cody Weston (2011), Wes Phillips (2012), DeSean Washington (2013), Evan Pierce (2014), and Jeremy Luck (2015).

“I wasn’t surprised that Ethan was chosen,” Pfeifer said. “I was apart of the selection process because this year I am going to be coaching the Shrine Bowl.”

With a week to two weeks of three-a-day practices, players give all they have to be able to play in the game at the end of the week.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity, I’ve heard it’s a humbling experience to get to go to the Shriners Hospital.” Richardson said, “then be able to play the game and play with Pfeif one more time.”

“ I’m really excited to have the opportunity, I’ve heard it’s a humbling experience to get to go to the Shriners Hospital.” Richardson said, “then be able to play the game and play with Pfeif one more time.”

 

 

Ethan Richardson, 12, holding the ball at the 20 yard line while moving forward to the end zone. “I am really excited to be playing quarterback for the Shrine Bowl, as well as being able to play with Pfeifer one last time,” Richardson said. Photo by L. Smith
Ethan Richardson, 12, holding the ball at the 20 yard line while moving forward to the end zone. “I am really excited to be playing quarterback for the Shrine Bowl, as well as being able to play with Pfeifer one last time,” Richardson said. Photo by L. Smith