Justin Bethel and Josh Norman Selected For East-West Shrine Game


Presbyterian College's Justin Bethel and Coastal Carolina's Josh Norman have each accepted invitations to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game® on Jan. 21, 2012, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.  The 4 p.m. EST game will be televised live on the NFL Network.

The two are just the second and third players in Big South history to play in the East-West Shrine game, joining former Coastal receive Jerome Simpson (2008).

Bethel and Norman join an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson.  "With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... 'Just Like on Sunday.'"

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

"We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game," said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children.  "Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children."

Bethel has racked up post-season accolades.  Recently he was named to the Phil Steele FCS All-America Team, as well as the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America Team.  He was a first-team and second-team selection, respectively.  He also earned the College Football Performance FCS Elite Punt Returner Award.

Those who would like to support Bethel, Norman and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:

Attend the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. EST.  The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets.  Fans can purchase tickets for the January 21, 2012 game online at www.shrinegame.comwww.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 727-342-5777.  All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets (price does not include service fees).

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.