Lions All-Star Football Game Aids Diabetic Camp

Jun 25, 2014 8:27 PM by Ross Field

The Lions All-Star football game takes place July 19th at Shasta College in Redding.

It marks the last chance for recently graduated senior stars to compete at the prep level, but in recent years it's become much more than just a game.

It started in 2009 when the Lions Committee, an organization committed to serving communities in need, came up with a concept to use the Lions All-Star football game as a way to help the greater good.

"We wanted to help kids with diabetes," said Bob Trueax, a member of the Lions Committee.

Shortly after coming up with the idea they found a place to implement their gameplan, Camp McCumber in Shingletown, a summer camp strictly for kids with diabetes.

The Lions Committee began donating all of the proceeds raised the game to the camp.

In five years, they've raised more than $30,000.

The money helps educate campers on how to manage their diabetes.

It helps pay for food and new cabins as well.

"When you look around this camp everyone is the same as you, we're all one big group," said John Shepherd.

On June 25th, four of this year's all-stars got to hang out with the campers, taking part in games, playing catch and sharing lunch.

"These kids are awesome, you know they don't skip a beat, especially with the fact that they've been dealing with insulin and the pumps and everything and they do a really good job of not letting that bring them down," said Zane Ventimiglia, a Lions All-Star football player.

For a lot of the football players, just being a Lions All-Star is quite the honor, but when they found out that by playing in this game, they're also helping the kids at Camp McCumber, well that just puts the experience over the top.

"It makes you want to play harder in the game because you're actually playing for something, and bring all your family members because all the money goes to this camp mccumber and really good idea," said Zach Troughton, a Lions All-Star football player.


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