The East-West Shrine Bowl, America’s longest-running college football all-star game supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children, is scheduled to take place on February 3, 2022 at the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium as part of NFL Pro Bowl week.
In the lead up to the 2022 NFL Draft, the East-West Shrine Bowl will be televised on NFL Network and bring approximately 125 of the nation’s top college seniors for a week of NFL coaching preparation in front of hundreds of NFL scouts, professional agents and media.
“The East-West Shrine Bowl is exemplary of the values of football, as all involved have the opportunity to inspire and encourage the children and families at Shriners Hospitals,” said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations. “In addition to community service and engagement, student athletes get an early start on the evaluation of their skills and coaches also showcase their talent, develop professionally, and network with colleagues, which is invaluable to the future of football.”
Throughout the 97-year history of the East-West Shrine Bowl, the legendary game has produced more than 500 NFL Pro Bowl appearances. The 2022 game will mark the first time that the two events align during the same week. The 2022 Bowl was moved to Las Vegas after being played in St. Petersburg, FL for the past 10 years.
“This is a historic day for the East-West Shrine Bowl and Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Bob Roller, director of national sports management for SHC. “Our goal was to expand the reach and mission of our healthcare system and to hold a world-class sporting event, and this partnership with the NFL and Pro Bowl week greatly enhances our ongoing mission that has helped more than 1.5 million children since opening in 1922.”
Thousands of East-West Shrine Bowl all-stars have gone to the NFL in the past century, including 78 who are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Some of the legendary names include Tom Brady, Gale Sayers, John Elway, Lawrence Taylor, Pat Tillman, Brett Favre, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Frank Gifford and Roger Staubach.
“We’re thrilled that the East-West Shrine Bowl will be coming to Las Vegas as part of NFL Pro Bowl Week, and to welcome such a prestigious event for the student-athletes and their fans,” said Steve Hill, CEO/president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Las Vegas has become the Sports Capital of the World and adding this bowl game showcasing college football’s elite certainly enhances that standing.”
The East-West Shrine Bowl benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children and its mission to provide excellent care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.