Shriners Kids from St. Louis Bring “Bus Tour” to

El Dorado for Kansas Shrine Bowl Players

WHO: Patients, staff and family of Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis

Shriners from surrounding Kansas towns

WHAT: Kansas Shrine Bowl – “The Shriners Hospital Experience”

WHEN #1: Wednesday, July 26

4:30 p.m. - GREAT VISUALS! Kansas Shriners provide a motorcycle escort, and the El Dorado Police Department will provide a police escort into town for a charter bus bringing 30 patients, parents and staff members from Shriners Hospital in St. Louis.

WHERE: Butler County Community College, Building 1500

WHEN #2: Thursday, July 25

Hospital Visitation Day – Butler County Community College, Building 1500

9 a.m. – Noon OR 2 – 5 p.m.

Shriners Hospital Patients (from St. Louis AND Kansas) put Shrine Bowl athletes and coaches through the paces, with various stations designed to help them learn more about what it’s like to be a patient at Shriners Hospital and to be a child or parent of a child with a disability.

Visuals will include football players wearing nursing and operating room scrubs and hair nets; athletes completing disability awareness activities such as learning to use a wheelchair to do household chores, and tying a shoe with one hand. Patients and families will tell their heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories to the participants, to illustrate the importance of fundraising for the hospitals, and to demonstrate on a personal level how those donations affect their lives in a very real way.

WHY: As part of the festivities leading up to the Kansas Shrine Bowl on July 29, game officials have traditionally offered the athletes, coaches and musicians involved the game the opportunity to learn more about the charity for which the event raises funds: Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The nearest Shriners Hospital is located in St. Louis. Because of the time and expense involved in bringing more than 100 athletes & coaches to St. Louis, the Shriners are bringing patients and employees of the hospital to Topeka. The St. Louis group will join with local Shriners and Kansas patients to provide an interesting, interactive learning experience about the hospital, and demonstrate why the Kansas Shrine Bowl is such an important fundraising function.