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HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STARS FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND MARYLAND TO FACE OFF FOR PSFCA BIG 33 FOOTBALL CLASSIC’S 63rd ANNIVERSARY GAME ON MAY 25 AT LANDIS FIELD
NFL Super Bowls have included Big 33 Alums every year since inception!
PA Big 33 Team Announced, along with 2020 Honorary Chair CNN’s Coy Wire, Team Heart Screenings and expanded “Murph” Military Competition – Military & Veterans Receive Free Admission!
East vs. West Game to Move to Memorial Day weekend
HARRISBURG, Pa. (February 12, 2020) – High school all-stars from Pennsylvania and Maryland will compete at the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) Big 33 Football Classic’s 63rd game on Memorial Day Monday, May 25 at Central Dauphin School District’s Landis Field in Lower Paxton Township. Today, Pennsylvania’s 38-member Big 33 team was announced along with cheerleaders for Pennsylvania and Maryland. Go to www.Big33.org for PA’s Big 33 Team, and next week to www.PSFCA.net for the East/West rosters.
“It’s rewarding to see generations of fans energized by one of our country’s favorite sports and traditions. We are extremely proud to showcase this premier high school football game featuring gifted student athletes and leaders, in partnership with the Dauphin County Commissioners,” said Garry Cathell, executive director of PSFCA. “Part of this special Big 33 experience involves teaming our players and cheerleaders with their special needs buddies, as well as giving back additionally through community visits like the Lebanon VA Medical Center and through meeting Gold Star families, new this year.”
“Today is an exciting day as we announce our extremely talented roster of PA all stars who will hit the field for one of the greatest high school football games in the country. As coaches and fans, we always look forward to an exciting match up that boasts so many football greats since 1957,” added PSFCA President Coach Mike Whitehead. “We are extremely grateful to the Commissioners, our honorary chair Coy Wire, our host families, players, sponsors, buddies, cheerleaders, fans and volunteers for supporting the success of one of the country’s top high school competitions as we celebrate Memorial Day weekend and our military.”
DAUPHIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ SUPPORT:
Since the PSFCA took over the Big 33 Football Classic in early 2017, the commissioners have provided vital support annually in tourism grant funding, which is generated by hotel room taxes, to ensure the game would continue in Dauphin County.
“Dauphin County is proud to host the annual Big 33 Football Classic and support its mission to showcase top young talent from Pennsylvania,” said Dauphin County Board Chairman Jeff Haste. “It’s our equivalent to the Super Bowl in many ways, bringing hundreds of players and their families, cheerleaders, coaches and buddies to the region and generating more than $2.7 million in economic impact every year.”
“We’re thrilled to support the Big 33 and want to thank the PSFCA and Central Dauphin School District for taking the ball and running with it the past several years, keeping this proud tradition going,” said Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries. “It gives young people the opportunity of a lifetime – to play or cheer in the biggest football game of their young career.”
“We’ve worked hard over the years to make it much more than a game, including a free first-down clinic for kids, the Buddy program, and the partnership with The Peyton Walker Foundation to encourage athletes to get heart screenings,” said Dauphin County Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III.
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