The Iowa Shrine Bowl All Star Football Classis is an all-star football game between selected pre-college football athletes on each side of a north-south dividing line in Iowa. The Independence Community School District (ICSD) and Head Football Coach, Justin Putz, are pleased to announce that local player Nicholas Holt has been selected to play in the 44th Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl.
The Shrine Bowl 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.
Holt is the 7th player from Independence to play in the Shrine Bowl; past Mustang players include Jim Peterson (1975), Tom Minor (1976), Sean McTaggart (1986), Bob Beatty (1991), Justin Beatty (1998), and Mike Zimmerly (2004). Nicholas will play for the North squad when the game kicks off at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016.
Holt had an outstanding high school career; including being named by the Des Moines Register to the 3A all-state first team as a defensive back, holding over 20 offensive school records and earning 2nd place at individual state wrestling.
ICSD head football coach, Justin Putz, notes, “Nicholas had an outstanding season and career for us. This is a very deserving honor for him and I am excited for him to represent Independence one last time.”
The Iowa Shrine Bowl produces this game each year in an effort to raise money for The Shriner’s Hospital for Children. To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,268,000 for The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Funds for The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children are developed by ticket sales, advertising in the Shrine Bowl program, merchandise sales, contributions and sponsorships. Additionally, the game brings honor and recognition to the players, their schools and their communities.
In the fall, Holt plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa and walk-on with the Panther’s football team.
To learn more about the Iowa Shrine Bowl, visit their website at iowashrinebowl.org.