On Saturday, July 20 a group of Iowa's most talented pre-college football players will line up across from each other in the UNI Dome for the 47th Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl. Kickoff in the UNI Dome is slated for 4 p.m.

Two players from Pella Christian, Nathan De Bruin and Noah Treimer, have been selected to play in the game along with Pella High’s Ryan Gustafson.

The PCM Mustangs won the Class 2A State title and they will be represented in the game by Wes Cummings.

All of the local athletes will play for the South Team which will be coached by Butch Pedersen, head coach at West Branch.

For many, this will be the game of their life because when they line up each and every one will also be stepping up to help a child who has been less fortunate in life than them and who desperately needs their help.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl Game is an all-star football game between selected pre-college football athletes on each side of a north-south dividing line in Iowa.

The players are selected by a process of nomination by coaches, balloting by state-wide sports media professionals, and official invitation from a representative of the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl produces this game each year. The game brings honor and recognition to the players, their schools and their communities. It has also been an effective tool in raising money for The Shriner's Hospital For Children.

To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,600,000 for The Shriner's Hospitals for Children.

The South Shrine Team has won six of the last eight games in the series including the 2018 affair 59-14.