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2018 Shrine Bowl Canada will be a landmark event

32nd edition to reach $1 million raised for hospital since 1987

2018 Shrine Bowl Canada will be a landmark event

The 32nd edition of Shrine Bowl Canada will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. at Concordia Stadium located at 7200 Sherbrooke Street West in Montreal. The Karnak Shriners of Quebec, organizers of the event, are very proud to announce that in 2018, the Shrine Bowl will reach $1 million raised since its inception in 1987. This year, the game will see the Concordia University Stingers face off against the Laval University Rouge et Or. The public is invited to attend this annual charity event (tickets are $15), which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada.

Glen Constantin, head coach of the Laval Rouge et Or and Brad Collinson, head coach of the Concordia Stingers, are ready for the big game. This year, the honorary chairman of the event will be Gerry McGrath, a former CFL placekicker and punter who played six seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, the Montreal Concordes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. McGrath was later head coach of the Concordia Stingers. Also new this year, Canadian singer/songwriter Sara Diamond, known for singing the national anthems at Montreal Canadiens games, will kick off the event by performing the national anthem and sing two songs at half time.

The Shrine Bowl King and Queen

Two patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada, Victoria, 15, and Saoud, 16, have been crowned Queen and King of Shrine Bowl Canada 2018.  Victoria first came to the Canada Shriners Hospital when she was 9. Her family already knew of the excellent care and treatments offered at the hospital since Victoria's elder sister was treated in the same location for clubfoot. Under the care of Jean Ouellet, M.D., and his team, Victoria's scoliosis was corrected. Very artsy, she enjoys drawing, crafts and most of all, dancing. She does not know yet what the future holds for her…maybe a career in cooking? However, she is certain of one thing: thanks to the care she received at the Canada Shriners Hospital, the future is full of exciting possibilities!

Saoud, 16, was born in Morocco with spina bifida and issues with his legs. Despite the condition remaining undiagnosed before birth, he received great care in his native country. When his family moved to Montreal in 2012, they knew they wanted to continue Saoud’s care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. In 2013, Saoud had a seven-hour operation to his right thigh. A team of specialists has been following him every six months ever since. Saoud will tell you that it is his physical disabilities that caused him the biggest problems at school: kids bullied him because of his spina bifida. He has turned that around by standing up to bullies and speaking to thousands of students about bullying on behalf of the hospital.

Shrine Bowl Canada 2018 players, King and Queen, and organizers

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