CHaD East-West All-Star Football Game canceled

  • Moises Celaya (10), Hanover, kicks an extra point in the annual CHaD East/West game at UNH on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Alan MacRae/Valley News) Alan L. MacRae

  • West's Danny McKillop (9) and Ryan Milliken (30) take down East's Shon Parham (3) during the CHaD All-Star football game at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown on Friday, June 30, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • East's Jake Stevens (17) makes a throw during the CHaD All-Star football game at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown on Friday, June 30, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/25/2020 7:22:04 PM
Modified: 6/26/2020 5:35:31 PM

LEBANON — The CHaD East-West All-Star Football Game was canceled on Thursday evening, the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic that has wiped nearly all of the Twin States’ summer high school showcase sports events off the schedule.

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced on its CHaD Kids Twitter handle that all of its “in-person fundraising, engagement or stewardship events” for the remainder of the calendar year are being turned into virtual events as a result of the pandemic. The game, which features graduated seniors from New Hampshire high school football programs, had originally been scheduled for late June, then was moved to Aug. 1 in hopes of outlasting statewide virus restrictions.

“It is critical that Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health do everything possible to support community efforts to reduce transmission and continue to flatten the curve of infection from COVID-19, especially as state restrictions relax in order to allow business to resume,” CHaD said in a prepared statement. “We take our responsibility seriously as a provider of health care to avoid activities that could, in any way, facilitate the spread of disease by potentially bringing asymptomatic carriers together with others, some of whom could likely be health-compromised individuals.”

Lebanon High’s Jon Willeman and Cole Ames had been selected for the Team West roster for the game, which was to be played at Saint Anselm College. Last year’s game accounted for nearly $250,000 of the more than $3 million raised by CHaD through its various fundraising events.

That leaves the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl as the sole summer all-star contest not yet canceled by the pandemic. Shrine Game organizers noted in a Facebook post earlier this week that the board in charge of the game will meet next Tuesday to determine its fate. This year’s Shrine Game is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Castleton University.

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.




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