MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is pleased to announce plans to provide New Hampshire with its first in-state high school football all-star game showcasing the state's most talented athletes. The New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star Football Game is set to debut on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Cowell Stadium on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham.
The game will feature two teams of 36 players selected from nominations taken from head coaches this fall. To be eligible, each nominated athlete must compete for a New Hampshire high school football program recognized by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA). Each NHIAA division will be represented by at least one athlete, and each school may not have more than four athletes chosen. The teams will be divided based on geographic location into an "East" squad and a "West" squad; Route 3 and I-93 will serve as the dividing line.
The New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star Football Game will benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and the Kristen's Gift fund, a restricted fund for pediatric oncology at CHaD. The game is spearheaded by an Executive Committee led by the event founder Nick Vailas and is comprised of Friends of CHaD Board Members, CHaD staff, and volunteers including Jay Fallon, Bill Greiner, Tony Johnson, Michael J. Kasten, Steven Schubert, Jamie Staton and Don York. Eager to create the first New Hampshire-only football all-star game, the group is working collaboratively with the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which pits Vermont versus New Hampshire all-stars. Vermont already hosts an in-state all-star game called the North-South Classic, which is played each November.
"The team of organizers that we've assembled will do a masterful job in premiering the state's only all-star football game," said Vailas. "New Hampshire football will be elevated by this platform, and players should aspire to make the teams' rosters in order to showcase their skills in an event that will raise awareness and funding for CHaD and Kristen's Gift."
"CHaD is extremely pleased to be working with our committee members to offer this premiere sporting event that not only showcases our state's top football athletes but also brings community and youth leaders into partnership on behalf of the health of young people throughout New Hampshire," said Sharon Brown, CHaD Community Relations Director. "The excitement and the commitment of everyone involved is palpable and strong and the event promises to be a must-see event for football enthusiasts everywhere."
Additional event details will be released throughout the summer. Anyone with immediate questions can contact CHaD Community Relations at CHaD.AllStarFootball@Hitchcock.org.
As New Hampshire's only NACHRI-approved, comprehensive, full-service children's hospital, The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing the best pediatric care at the right place, at the right time, every time. CHaD physicians provide primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers both inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover. Primary care is available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Mascoma, Nashua, New London, and Plymouth.