Ron’quavion Tarver to play in Shrine Game

TAMPA — Belle Glade native Ron’quavion Tarver, Utah State University wide receiver, has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, kicking off at 3 p.m. and broadcast live on NFL Network and the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.

An invitation to take part in the annual East-West Shrine Game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football all-stars in the country to showcase their talents in front of top representatives from NFL teams. A strong performance in the game greatly impacts a player’s chances of a career in the NFL. Many of professional football’s most recognized and decorated players, including Tom Brady, Brett Favre and John Elway, played in the East-West Shrine Game.

• More than 100 players from last year’s game signed with professional teams this spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters last season.

• On average, more than 300 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.

• Since the game’s inception, 77 former players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

• More than 200 former players have been named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News
Ron’quavion Tarver, Utah State University wide receiver, has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game.

“The most important element of East-West Shrine Game has always been supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. “But during game week, it also affords our players an unmatched opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first taste of a potential career in the NFL.”

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 that treats children in orthopaedics, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and burns, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

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

Attend the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m., tune in to watch the game on NFL Network, or listen live on the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network. East-West Shrine Game tickets are available for purchase through all tickets.com outlets.

Game tickets are $15 general admission seating (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 orthopaedic 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 shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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