MARQUETTE - The U.P. Football All-Star Game continued its giving ways by announcing that two U.P. high school football teams will receive donations from the game.
Superior Central and the Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco each receive $1,000, which can be used for anything that benefits the football program.
"When this game was started, it was always a goal that we would eventually be able to donate directly to all of the high school football programs throughout the U.P.," said Todd Goldbeck, U.P. Football All-Star Game director.
The schools are picked at random each year. Once a school has been selected, that school will be removed from the lottery until all other schools have been chosen once.
"The lottery is a very fun way to select the schools," Goldbeck said. "Every program is eligible, and it does not matter how successful the team is.
Goldbeck said Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco just decided to change its name to the Gogebic Miners, as well as designate new team colors.
"That means they will need to purchase all new helmets and uniforms, and the donation from the All-Star Game is much-needed and appreciated," Goldbeck said. "That is what the All-Star Game is all about."
All of the practice jerseys are donated to U.P. football programs. A full set of white jerseys with maroon numbers is going to North Dickinson; black jerseys with white numbers to Cedarville High School.
Other notable donations included over 500 pounds of food for the Beacon House food pantry, as well as cash donations to the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame and Bay Cliff Health Camp.
During the game, Ishpeming football parents and boosters helped sell 50/50 tickets, and in return they received a spilt of the proceeds that came back to the All-Star Game, which turned out to be $300.