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Postby tgoldbeck » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:35 am

2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game is set for Saturday, June 27, 2020.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:25 pm

It is that time of the year...invites for the 2020 game are making their way to the schools and players. As the players accept their invitations, the roster page will be update to reflect who has confirmed (http://upfootballallstargame.com/UPFBRosters.aspx). The player draft will again be in March to determine who will be on the BLACK or Red teams. Game date is Saturday, June 27, 2020...Stay tuned for more updates, and good luck to Pickford in their State Championship game and Iron Mountain on their next game before getting to Ford Field! U.P. Power!!!
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:30 pm

Here are the players who have confirmed thus far. If you know players who received an invite, have them text me right away, so I can get them their packets. Thanks!

Schyler Andersen Manistique
Caleb Anderson Gwinn
Caleb Brown St. Ignace
Giovanni Colavecchi Iron Mountain
John Corkin Ishpeming
Carter Crouch Lake Linden-Hubbell
Taylor Dellangelo Westwood
Jaden DeMink L'Anse
Hunter Dennis Engadine
Jonah Dowd L'Anse
Nicholas Edington Pickford
Zach Englund Superior Central
Dakota Fortin Marquette
Jayden Gariepy Calumet
Leo Gorzinski IV North Central
Kyle Gould Engadine
Caleb Gregoire Lake Linden-Hubbell
Ethan Hayes Marquette
Collin Hicks Marquette
Jesse Hill Lake Linden-Hubbell
Joey Hoholik Manistique
Josh Huotari Munising
Isaac Johnson Marquette
Ty Kauppinen Ishpeming
Austin Kronemeyer Brimley
Kyle Krutina Escanaba
Jacob Kugler Ishpeming
Brett LaFord Carney-Nadeau
Grant LaMarche Escanaba
Tommy Lundin Gogebic
Davin Marshall Negaunee
Reid Marshall St. Ignace
Isaiah May Pickford
Ian McArthur Engadine
Dayton Miron Escanaba
Owen Morton Ishpeming
Dylan Oudeans Menominee
Matthew Paavo Westwood
Trey Paquin Cedarville
Chad Pohlman Westwood
Benjamin Pruett Ishpeming
Colton Salani Hancock
Cameron Schultz North Dickinson
Ethan Sigala Ishpeming
Ethan Silverstone Escanaba
Tommy Sjoholm Ishpeming
Jimmy Storey Pickford
Alex Studebaker Calumet
Josh Suhonen Lake Linden-Hubbell
Tyler Sundling Rapid River
Otto Swanson Ishpeming
Brandon Thao North Dickinson
Noah Thomson West Iron County
Cole Timblin North Central
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:42 am

Updated Roster list...we're getting closer. I will be emailing each coach to let them know which of their players have not yet responded. We want all packets to be sent before Christmas break.
Schyler Andersen Manistique
Caleb Anderson Gwinn
Erik Anderson Westwood
Caleb Brown St. Ignace
Logan Chaudier Negaunee
Giovanni Colavecchi Iron Mountain
John Corkin Ishpeming
Carter Crouch Lake Linden-Hubbell
Taylor Dellangelo Westwood
Jaden DeMink L'Anse
Hunter Dennis Engadine
Nikolas Djerf Calumet
Jonah Dowd L'Anse
Nicholas Edington Pickford
Zach Englund Superior Central
Dakota Fortin Marquette
Jayden Gariepy Calumet
Noah Gorzinski North Central
Leo Gorzinski IV North Central
Kyle Gould Engadine
Caleb Gregoire Lake Linden-Hubbell
Ethan Hayes Marquette
Collin Hicks Marquette
Jesse Hill Lake Linden-Hubbell
Joey Hoholik Manistique
Josh Huotari Munising
Isaac Johnson Marquette
Ty Kauppinen Ishpeming
Austin Kronemeyer Brimley
Kyle Krutina Escanaba
Jacob Kugler Ishpeming
Brett LaFord Carney-Nadeau
Grant LaMarche Escanaba
Scott Loukus Calumet
Tommy Lundin Gogebic
Davin Marshall Negaunee
Reid Marshall St. Ignace
Mason Matson St. Ignace
Isaiah May Pickford
Ian McArthur Engadine
Dayton Miron Escanaba
Owen Morton Ishpeming
Brayden Nelson West Iron County
Dylan Oudeans Menominee
Matthew Paavo Westwood
Trey Paquin Cedarville
Chad Pohlman Westwood
Benjamin Pruett Ishpeming
Colton Salani Hancock
Cameron Schultz North Dickinson
Ethan Sigala Ishpeming
Ethan Silverstone Escanaba
Tommy Sjoholm Ishpeming
Jimmy Storey Pickford
Alex Studebaker Calumet
Josh Suhonen Lake Linden-Hubbell
Tyler Sundling Rapid River
Otto Swanson Ishpeming
Brandon Thao North Dickinson
Noah Thomson West Iron County
Cole Timblin North Central
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:12 pm

Final 2020 Roster.
Caleb Anderson Gwinn
Erik Anderson Westwood
Schyler Andersen Manistique
Caden Bigger Menominee
Trey Bociek West Iron County
Caleb Brown St. Ignace
Josh Bruntjens Escanaba
Jake Burch Escanaba
Blaine Burnaby Pickford
Eddie Cardew Kingsford
Logan Chaudier Negaunee
Giovanni Colavecchi Iron Mountain
John Corkin Ishpeming
Carter Crouch Lake Linden-Hubbell
Taylor Dellangelo Westwood
Jaden DeMink L'Anse
Hunter Dennis Engadine
Nikolas Djerf Calumet
Jonah Dowd L'Anse
Jake Dumais Iron Mountain
Nicholas Edington Pickford
Zach Englund Superior Central
Dakota Fortin Marquette
Blake Friisvall Rudyard
Jayden Gariepy Calumet
Leo Gorzinski IV North Central
Noah Gorzinski North Central
Kyle Gould Engadine
Caleb Gregoire Lake Linden-Hubbell
Cole Hansen Gladstone
Ethan Hayes Marquette
Evan Hedtke Forest Park
Leo Helppi Negaunee
Kody Hendricks Norway
Collin Hicks Marquette
Jesse Hill Lake Linden-Hubbell
Joey Hoholik Manistique
Josh Huotari Munising
Zach Indish Brimley
Isaac Johnson Marquette
Marcus Johnson Iron Mountain
Ty Kauppinen Ishpeming
Austin Kronemeyer Brimley
Kyle Krutina Escanaba
Jacob Kugler Ishpeming
Brett LaFord Carney-Nadeau
Grant LaMarche Escanaba
Stephen Lamothe Pickford
Scott Loukus Calumet
Tommy Lundin Gogebic
Davin Marshall Negaunee
Reid Marshall St. Ignace
Mason Matson St. Ignace
Isaiah May Pickford
Ian McArthur Engadine
Dayton Miron Escanaba
Keagan Monroe Menominee
Owen Morton Ishpeming
Alex Munson Negaunee
Brayden Nelson West Iron County
Nick Opolka Iron Mountain
Dylan Oudeans Menominee
Matthew Paavo Westwood
Trey Paquin Cedarville
Tommy Peltoma Forest Park
Chad Pohlman Westwood
Benjamin Pruett Ishpeming
Colton Salani Hancock
Cameron Schultz North Dickinson
Ethan Sigala Ishpeming
Ethan Silverstone Escanaba
Tommy Sjoholm Ishpeming
Jimmy Storey Pickford
Alex Studebaker Calumet
Josh Suhonen Lake Linden-Hubbell
Tyler Sundling Rapid River
Otto Swanson Ishpeming
Brandon Thao North Dickinson
John Thompson Marquette
Noah Thomson West Iron County
Cole Timblin North Central
Will Twardzik Calumet
Kyle Van Enkevort Bark River-Harris
Jason Waterman Negaunee
Drew Wyble Marquette
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:31 pm

Forwarding the previously mentioned sad news from Gwinn that Coach Dion Brown suddenly passed away yesterday. Jodi has friends who coach in the Gwinn Schools, so I will pass along any news I hear regarding the service. https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/co ... 27471.html
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:45 pm

The 2020 Fantasy Player Draft is Saturday, March 14th. Location: BW-Marquette. Start time: 6PM (Marquette time). All-Star Game coaches will be in attendance, picking the players for the Black Team and the Red Team. It is not required for players to be there, but it is a fun atmosphere, and there are lots of fans and people watching the action. BW is a great host to us, and they have plenty of food and drinks to go around for anyone who wants to come check it out.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:46 pm

The player draft is THIS Saturday, March 14th. It will start at 6PM at Buffalo Wild Wings-Marquette.

ATTENDANCE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE PLAYERS!!

All of the coaches will be there, and they will be selecting all of the players for each of the two teams (Red Team and Black Team). I will be there to facilitate the process and post the selections as they happen. There will be large poster boards with all of the player names hanging up in BW. Once a selection is made, I will identify which team the player was selected to (Black or Red). Also, we will have someone posting the picks on Facebook, so you can certainly stay at home and follow along if you wish. Once all of the picks are made, I will post the entire Red and Black Rosters for all to see, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UPAllStarFootball/), here and on the website.

If you want to come hang out and watch the festivities, feel free. It is a fun atmosphere, and BW is a great host. They can provide you with plenty of great food and drinks, if you wish to stop by.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:28 pm

U.P. Football Fans,

The player draft WILL be held this Saturday, March 14, at Buffalo Wild Wings-Marquette, 6PM.

It is not required for players to attend, but you may attend if you wish. All picks will be posted live as they occur on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UPAllStarFootball). When the draft is completed, the final rosters for both teams will be posted on Facebook, as well as the game website (www.upfootballallstargame.com) and up-football.com.

If you have any health concerns or worries, for yourself or anyone else, please do not attend. I will be there with the coaches, so it is not necessary for the players to attend. In light of the recent health issues we are facing, we want to be respectful to all players and inform you that you do not need to attend if it makes you or your family uncomfortable in any way.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:46 pm

Final Rosters after the draft.

BLACK TEAM
Schyler Andersen Manistique
Caleb Anderson Gwinn
Erik Anderson Westwood
Jacob Burch Escanaba
Eddie Cardew Kingsford
John Corkin Ishpeming
Carter Crouch Lake Linden-Hubbell
Taylor Dellangelo Westwood
Jaden DeMink L'Anse
Jonah Dowd L'Anse
Jake Dumais Iron Mountain
Zach Englund Superior Central
Blake Friisvall Rudyard
Caleb Gregoire Lake Linden-Hubbell
Cole Hansen Gladstone
Leo Helppi Negaunee
Collin Hicks Marquette
Joey Hoholik Manistique
Josh Huotari Munising
Garrett Johnson Escanaba
Isaac Johnson Marquette
Kyle Krutina Escanaba
Brett LaFord Carney-Nadeau
Tommy Lundin Gogebic
Owen Morton Ishpeming
Alex Munson Negaunee
Nick Opolka Iron Mountain
Matthew Paavo Westwood
Trey Paquin Cedarville
Tommy Peltoma Forest Park
Ben Pruett Ishpeming
Colton Salani Hancock
Cameron Schultz North Dickinson
Ethan Sigala Ishpeming
Ethan Silverstone Escanaba
Alex Studebaker Calumet
Josh Suhonen Lake Linden-Hubbell
Brandon Thao North Dickinson
John Thompson Marquette
Cole Timblin North Central
Kyle VanEnkevort Bark River-Harris
Jason Waterman Negaunee

RED TEAM
FINAL RED TEAM ROSTER
Caden Bigger Menominee
Caleb Brown St. Ignace
Josh Bruntjens Escanaba
Blaine Burnaby Pickford
Logan Chaudier Negaunee
Giovanni Colavecchi Iron Mountain
Hunter Dennis Engadine
Nick Edington Pickford
Dakota Fortin Marquette
Jayden Gariepy Calumet
Leo Gorzinski North Central
Noah Gorzinski North Central
Kyle Gould Engadine
Ethan Hayes Marquette
Evan Hedtke Forest Park
Kody Hendricks Norway
Jesse Hill Lake Linden-Hubbell
Zach Indish Brimley
Marcus Johnson Iron Mountain
Ty Kauppinen Ishpeming
Austin Kronemeyer Brimley
Jacob Kugler Ishpeming
Grant LaMarche Escanaba
Stephen LaMothe Pickford
Scott Loukus Calumet
Reid Marshall St. Ignace
Isaiah May Pickford
Ian McArthur Engadine
Dayton Miron Escanaba
Keagan Monroe Menominee
Brayden Nelson West Iron County
Dylan Oudeans Menominee
Chad Pohlman Westwood
Tommy Sjoholm Ishpeming
Jimmy Storey Pickford
Tyler Sundling Rapid River
Otto Swanson Ishpeming
Noah Thomson West Iron County
Will Twardzik Calumet
Drew Wyble Marquette
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:54 pm

Update: Planning for the 2020 game is moving forward, as scheduled. There is no decision to make at this time, but I am in contact with NMU on a regular basis. Both NMU and the U.P. Football All-Star Game will abide by the state of Michigan guidelines, whatever they may be, at the time leading up to the event. All-Star Week starts Monday June 22, and the game is June 27, which is still a long ways from now. The good news is that preparations are exactly the same on this end, regardless of what happens, so we will keep preparing, like always. Also, if the game does not happen, all players will still receive all of the gear they would have received at the game. Game programs are still being printed, so all businesses that sponsored players will still get the ads, and the programs will be distributed to the players and their families...Stay tuned and stay healthy.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby upfootball » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:15 pm

Thanks for the update. Completely agree with how your handling this. Continue to monitor at this point. A lot can change between now and then.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby Tiger » Sat May 02, 2020 7:57 pm

Even if government orders are lifted it's unwise to hold such an event under the current climate. It's an unnecessary risk. Even if school were to open in the fall it's very unlikely sports will be allowed to be played. I wonder whats easier to cope with a last minute canalization or honesty about the current situation. Don't get kids hopes up, you're only going to disappoint them. I have read numerous reports on the fact that school will continue at home and online into the next school year. Anyone thinking this will just disappear come July is delusional.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby longball » Mon May 04, 2020 1:51 pm

Hate to say it, but I think Tiger is probably right on the school year not going back in the classroom and athletics are in real jeopardy next fall.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby jjwatts » Tue May 05, 2020 8:05 am

I have also read "numerous" reports that says different. I think Todd is handling this correctly. Getting kids hopes up? Cmon. What information do you have about "even if there is school, there won't be sports etc." Relax. See what happens. Damn straight Todd is doing the right thing - you hold on to this as long as you can - and see what happens. Go from there. This is something kids look forward to - they see everything around them getting cancelled - I would think they have enough common sense to know that there is a chance of it getting cancelled - but heck - why not try? Who are you to say if government orders are lifted - it's an unnecessary risk? Really? I'm not going to sit here and spew a whole bunch of "I've read this and heard this" - because that's what FB is for.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby upfootball » Fri May 08, 2020 7:43 pm

UP kids are not snowflakes. They can handle disappointment. The event may not ultimately happen, but cancelling it in mid April would have been senseless and no less disappointing. It hurts absolutely nobody waiting a while to see how things play out.

The UP is close to a phased in start up IMO. The curve is not only flattened up here but they testing is ramping up an a truly remarkable rate. Add those two factors together and there is no doubt the numbers have been on a downward trend for a while now. The antibody testing may provide a huge boost to make the leaders confident in kicking off a phased reopening.

I honestly think the home quarantine will end in most regions of Michigan in late May.


Some news today... The IHSAA says Indiana teams may resume practicing on July 1st
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby longball » Tue May 12, 2020 7:47 am

So events are getting cancelled all over the UP....fireworks, festivals, golf tournaments etc, but lets keep the idea of putting 80 kids together for a week and then get inside a dome with a few thousand people and play an exhibition football game. Yup, seems reasonable. The game has been a wonderful thing and hopefully will continue next. Just a reminder, there will be no football this fall in the UP if there is no football in the LP, just because we have not been impacted by the virus yet, doesn't mean we are out of the woods.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby upfootball » Tue May 12, 2020 12:44 pm

Just because one area overreaches and cancels something months in advance, doesn't make it a good idea for someone else to follow those footsteps. Waiting is not a crime, it actually shows some thought.


States are doing things completely different right now. Communities are doing things different right now. Whose right? Maybe both.


All that said.... I will be surprised if this game takes place in June, but I fully support Todd taking the time to let things play out and look at every possible option. IMO that is what looking out for peoples best interest truly looks like.

COVID is here to stay unless/until a vaccine gets developed. The entire point of the quarantine was to buy time to help get prepared. The world simply cannot stay quarantined forever. No plan shows staying closed until there is no more COVID. For good reason.
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Wed May 13, 2020 10:22 pm

Those are mostly thoughtful responses, and I appreciate that. If people did not have an opinion, then that means nobody cares about this event. So, it is good to have some back and forth. However, some of those assessments are not correct, or at the very least, they are pretty significant leaps. Let me first say that I am a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, and have been one of the health care workers who has been helping people "in the trenches" throughout this entire crisis, so I do have more than an average knowledge of what is actually happening, and how this is going to look in the future (or, how we hope it will look). You are absolutely right that there was no reason to cancel this event so many months in advance. I understand people cancelling their events, because there may be much more planning that goes into those other events and they have many more people helping to plan things. I'm not going to judge them, or how much work they put in, or how quickly they decide to cancel. They may not want to deal with postponing and decide it is easier to just cancel. I can only speak to this event, not theirs. The preparation that I do from March until the game is the same, regardless of the situation, and I do most of it by myself. It certainly does not require me to be meeting with people face to face and worrying about transmitting diseases. I have to lay out the program, get it to the printer, make calls to providers and order gear and apparel. All of those things can happen the same as always, and they did happen. So, the fact that we have a pandemic never affected my preparation, so why pull the plug so far in advance? It was unnecessary. It doesn't matter at all whether the kids can handle disappointment, or not. You are right that this game may not happen, and many people will be disappointed, but I feel like I should do everything I can to give them this experience. When the time comes, many people will come together to make the final decision on whether we can have this event, if it will be safe, and what kinds of protection/safeguards need to be in place in order to reduce as much risk as possible (masks for all fans in attendance, or no fans in attendance, or maybe testing every player, which may be possible in a few weeks). You are also correct that the plan is not, and never will be, to quarantine everyone until the virus is completely gone. That will never happen. We need to reduce risks while the professionals study the data and tests to come up with a vaccine. When they say it is safe to start coming out, then we will discuss those options and what they mean for this event. There is not one thing that I have done, or promoted anyone else doing, that has or would jeopardize their health or safety. That is my utmost concern. When July/August arrives, more decisions will need to be made, and I am confidant that I have the professional knowledge and understanding to make the correct decision. But, to make those decisions now is not required. It is all just speculation. You are right that the correct course of action for everybody should be wait and see (and keep social distancing and protecting your exposure by wearing masks whenever possible). That being said, this next post will probably stir some more conversation...
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Re: 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game

Postby tgoldbeck » Wed May 13, 2020 10:24 pm

All-Star Game Announcement

MARQUETTE, MI – The U.P. Football All-Star Game has been held annually in Marquette since 2008. This year would have marked the 13th year for the high school gridiron classic. Each year, seniors from around the U.P. come to Marquette to play in one last game before heading out into the world. Some go to college, some go into the military and some enter the workforce. The players spend an entire week practicing and preparing for the game on Saturday. They also perform charitable work in the community and get to spend time with other U.P. players who they previously may have known only through competition against each other during high school. The players stay in the dorms at Northern Michigan University and eat in the NMU cafeteria. They play the game in the Superior Dome. NMU recently announced the whole campus is shut down through the end of July. That means the 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Game would have been one of the many events that gets cancelled due to the recent health crisis. It would be an example of this senior class having yet another high school rite of passage taken away from them without anything they can do about it...or maybe not.

“It definitely presents a unique set of challenges for us this year”, stated All-Star Game organizer Todd Goldbeck. “However, we are determined to do whatever it takes to put on this event and give the players an experience they will never forget. They have been through so much, and have had so much taken away from them. I’m certain that the communities throughout the U.P. will rally around these players, and hopefully, it will be something that brings joy and some feeling of normalcy back to everyone. Football in the U.P. tends to do that. It brings people together.”

The 2020 U.P. Football All-Star Week has been changed and will now begin Monday July 27 and conclude with the game on Saturday August 1st. This is five weeks later than the original week of June 22-June 27.

Goldbeck also states “Without the use of NMU’s facilities, it is like having to start over from scratch on many of the most important details. Because of that, and the uncertainty of the restrictions that may or may not be in place, we decided to move things ahead one month. That gives us extra time to work out the new logistics, and things are already starting to come together. It also gives us the best chance for restrictions to loosen enough to have the game. I never considered cancelling the game. That would be a last resort, and will only happen if the state does not allow us to have it.”

The game will be played on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Game time is set for 1 PM. Many activities are planned throughout the week for the players and coaches.

Monday, July 27, the players and coaches check in at Holiday Inn, and there will be a food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at check-in.

Tuesday evening, July 28, will be the team and individual pictures, as well as media day. Players and coaches will be available for interviews from any media that are present.

Wednesday afternoon, July 29, will be the Players Skills Challenge. The players will compete for the titles of Fastest Man, Strongest Man, Receiver, Quarterback Challenge, Kicking and Punting Challenges.

Thursday, July 30, the players and coaches would normally travel to Bay Cliff Health Camp, which has become one of the signature events of All-Star Week. Bay Cliff is a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and the all-star players will spend time with the campers, showing them football drills, and finishing the day by having dinner with the Bay Cliff campers and staff. After dinner, the players join the campers in their traditional flag lowering ceremony at the central square, which ends each day at Bay Cliff and is very special to be a part of. However, this year, Bay Cliff has closed for the summer so the health of the campers and staff would not be placed at risk. We look forward to continuing the tradition of making a visit there in 2021.

Friday evening, July 31, is the All-Star Banquet, with the guest speaker to be announced at a later date. The banquet provides family and friends a chance to connect with the All-Star players after a long week of practice and activities. It is formal attire for the players, and they stand up in front of everyone and introduce their roommate for the week, and tell everyone some things about each other. Players also get recognized for their accomplishments during the Skills Challenge and they receive their All-Star Rings.

The U.P. Football All-Star Game will also be donating proceeds to Bay Cliff Health Camp, as well as Marquette, Pickford and Iron Mountain schools. A lottery drawing was performed to select the three schools, and donations will be made directly to the football program of those schools chosen. Each year, new schools will be chosen until all U.P. schools have received a monetary benefit from the game. Several other schools (St. Ignace, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Superior Central and L’Anse) will also receive donations in the form of All-Star Game equipment, which includes the practice jerseys and footballs.

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