I wanted to comment on the unbelievable experience this past week in Ames, Iowa at the 2010 Iowa Shrine Bowl.
It is amazing the amount of time and energy the Shriner's put into this week and how successful they are in producing
one of the top two Shrine Bowl games in the nation year in and year out. The revenue for the ads goes directly to the Shrine cause for children.
Iowa's should be extremely proud and thankall Shriners for the efforts to assist young children that need assistance at Shrine hospitals across the nation. As a business owner I realize how many times you get hit up for money to help certain causes. Let me tell you this was not just another thing, thiswas life changing for kids. Kids that will never play football like most kids go. It was great to have so much support from business owners and I am greatful for that.
It was an honor to have Jared Wauters represent Union as a player on the North side. He was not the first Shrine player from
Unionas Jason Fowler from Dysart represented Union in 1993. There were no records of this so I apologize to Jason and his family.
Jared was also elected as the offensive captain by his 46 teammates and coaches. Union fans can be proud of this ultimate accomplishment. This allowed him to go out for the coin flipwith the King and Queen children selected by the Shriners. He had a big TD catch in the first half andwas an impact all night long with his blocking. Jared broke the mold for future Union Knights to follow.
Most importantly, it was amazing to get to know these young men and see the maturity and leadership they possess. All
their parents, coaches, and teachers should be commended on a job well done. In a time when there is a question mark on male leadership in this country it was refreshing and uplifting to see hope for the future. I don't honestly know many of the kids from the South team but I am sure theyare very similar in character and integrity. Some of these guys will go to school to play football, some will go to get an education, some will start a job,but most importantly they are all future husbands and fathers. I pray they lead as husbands and fathers like they did Saturday night under the lights
at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. If they do, our world will be a better place.
Another thing always hits me just before we start at game. We don't have a chance to play without the men and women who fight the fight for ourcountry. God bless those that have served, are serving, and choose to serve in the future.
Head Football Coach
Union Community Schools