2018-07-05 / Sports

U.P. football programs benefit from game


Success! A week of nonstop action culminated Saturday for former Manistique Emerald football player Kyle Seeley. Seeley was a defensive member of the Black team competing in the U.P. Football All- Star Game at the Superior Dome. He and his team members beat the Red team 14-7. An additional proud moment for Seeley was recording his first quarterback sack. Courtesy photo Success! A week of nonstop action culminated Saturday for former Manistique Emerald football player Kyle Seeley. Seeley was a defensive member of the Black team competing in the U.P. Football All- Star Game at the Superior Dome. He and his team members beat the Red team 14-7. An additional proud moment for Seeley was recording his first quarterback sack. Courtesy photo MARQUETTE, MI - The U.P. Football All-Star Game continued its giving ways by announcing two U.P. high school football teams will receive donations from this year’s game. The Menominee and Westwood football programs will each receive $1,000, which can be used for anything that benefits their football program.

“When this game was started, it was always a goal that we would eventually be able to donate directly to all of the high school football programs throughout the U.P.”, said Todd Goldbeck.

The schools are picked at random each year. Once a school has been selected, that school will be removed from the lottery until all other schools have been chosen once, then the selection process starts over again.

“The lottery is a very fun way to select the schools”, said Goldbeck. “Every program is eligible, and it does not matter how successful the team is; everyone has a chance and gets a turn. It is very important that all U.P. programs are supported, so that each school can maintain a competitive team. I was very pleased to hear that both schools that were chosen have specific plans for the donations and they will help their football programs in a positive way. That is what the All-Star Game is all about.”

“This game would not be possible without the schools providing a positive environment for all of these student-athletes to succeed. Giving back to their football programs will hopefully help each school continue their individual football tradition”, Goldbeck said.

In addition to the two schools selected, the Black and Red All-Star head coaches will receive half of the footballs used during the week leading up to the game. There are 24 new footballs each year, so both All-Star head coaches (Mike Berutti-West Iron County and Al Stenberg-Bark River-Harris) got to take home 12 footballs, which have only been used a few times during the week.

In addition, all of the practice jerseys are donated to U.P. football programs. The black jerseys will go to the Gogebic Miners football program, and the maroon jerseys are being given to Ontonagon High School. The practice jerseys already have the school name printed on them and are in their school colors, so they can be used by the schools right away without any further additions.

Other notable donations included over 1,500 pounds of food for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, as well as cash donations to the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame to sponsor an annual scholarship and Bay Cliff Health Camp, which are two organizations that operate on contributions from the community. The 50/50 raffle at the game was $1,250 total. The proceeds of $625 was donated to the Negaunee Booster Club for their assistance in selling tickets.

“When the game is over, I always want to be in a position to say, ‘The All-Star Game did very well again this year. That means we gave back to many different groups/schools and the players had fun throughout the week, while also reinforcing some important life lessons they can take moving forward in their lives.’ That is what All-Star Week is all about. I think we accomplished that again this year.”

Next year’s game is set for June 29, 2019.

11 Year Reflections

Every football program in the U.P. has been represented by a player at least once

957 players have participated in the game

74 coaches have participated in the game

Menominee has had the most players participate in the game (49)

20 schools have received a $1000 cash donation to their football programs

18 schools have received a full set of practice jerseys

360 footballs have been donated to various schools throughout the U.P.

Other U.P. organizations that have received donations from the game include: -Bay Cliff Health Camp, Beacon House, Daniel Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund, YMCA Strong Kids Program, Marquette Dance Team, Negaunee and Ishpeming Booster Clubs for helping with the 50/50 Raffle

9600 pounds of food collected and donated to the Beacon House and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantries

A $500 scholarship has been sponsored each year for the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame ($5,500 in 11 years)

Return to top