|Second Queen City Senior Bowl turns into football doubleheader|
|May 14 showcase will expand to regional format|
|Published Saturday, March 6, 2021|
|PHOTO | JOSHUA HOEHNE|
|The Queen City Senior Bowl, which debuted in 2019 is moving to a pair of football showcases when it returns May 14 at Sportsplex at Matthews.|
The high school all-star showcase returns to Sportsplex at Matthews on May 14 with plans for two games to reach players outside Mecklenburg County. The inaugural bowl game in 2019 included 80 of the top players, with half earning college offers. Thirteen athletes received offers during game week at team practices. College coaches won’t be allowed to attend workouts, but the game will be livestreamed at Olympic and Rocky River high schools.
“We received an amazing amount of love and appreciation from the Charlotte community,” said Bobby Collins, Queen City Senior Bowl’s executive director. “Soon after the Senior Bowl, I was inundated with inquiries about possible expansion. After meeting with our board members and having an open dialog with the high school athletic leadership in several counties, we confirmed that an expansion was welcome and needed.”
The expanded talent poll will include seniors from public and private schools in Union, Cabarrus, Gaston, and Cleveland counties. It’ll widen the opportunities for players who in the past would’ve been overlooked for all-star games like the Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the East-West in Greensboro. The head coaches will be Drew Whitman of Charlotte Country Day and Glenwood Ferebee of Vance.
“Providing a vessel for our student-athletes to pursue their dream of playing at the next level is important to us,” said Vernon Hunter, the showcase’s director of compliance and athletic operations. “Before the Queen City Senior Bowl, Charlotte football seniors averaged four to six invites to play in the statewide all-star game, leaving out a huge number of Charlotte area seniors. Charlotte has a talented pool of athletes that graduate each year who never get an opportunity to show they can play at the next level. Our game allows them to compete against top talent in this area.”
Football is the showcase’s platform, but it also has a philanthropic focus. The 2019 game raised $2,500 for Metro School, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg campus for students with cognitive disabilities.
“Giving back to the community through our athletes is what the Alliance Sportsmanship Foundation is all about,” sales and marketing manager Damon White said. “It is our duty to help others. We preach that to our members. It is what makes us stronger, better versions of ourselves. It is through service that we identify the true champion within us.”
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