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Local Rotary Club to presents Annual All Star Classic

By Staff | Nov 18, 2020

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South will present the 32nd Annual All Star Classic, supported by title sponsor Acentria Insurance and Tower Hill Insurance Group, from Dec. 7-9.

The game recognizes players and cheerleaders from Lee County high schools, and a variety of sponsorships are available. The proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation that supports various local community programs and scholarships for those in need.

Set for Dec. 7 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The Alliance for The Arts, the ASC Banquet will recognize the participating student-athletes and cheerleaders. CDC Guidelines will be followed, and the event will be hosted outside to allow for ample social distancing. The 32nd annual All Star Classic game will be held on Dec. 9 starting at 7 p.m. with kickoff at Fort Myers High School.

“We are honored to showcase the annual All Star Classic, which has been a long-standing tradition that supports our students and our community,” Fort Myers Rotary South Club President Suzi Ward said. “The students have made so many adjustments this year, and our club worked on a solution to keep this opportunity in place for them when so many other things have changed.”

The event was the first countywide high school football all-star game in Florida when founded in 1989. John Carrigan, a Sanibel resident, teacher and referee, wanted to showcase talented players who were not getting their due. Since then, it has grown into a hotbed of top-level prospects, and nearly two dozen players who have taken part in the game have gone on to NFL careers.

The game features the best seniors, chosen by their head coaches, from public and private schools. Cheerleaders are also selected to participate. The contest pits a North team against a South team, and each player and cheerleader will receive a commemorative ring or charm.

The Rotary Club is seeking donations and sponsors to help cover costs. Businesses and individuals can sponsor the event, a team, player, or cheerleader. For more information, visit http://rotarysouthallstarclassic.org or contact Event Chair Read Sawczyn at 239-461-3820 or rsawczyn@finemarkbank.com.