For three local high school football standouts, this year's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas provided much more than a first-class football experience at Wofford College in Spartanburg.
Daveyon McDaniel and Pressley Harvin of Sumter High School joined Tyreek Johnson of Lakewood High School as members of the South Carolina squad for the 80th edition of one of the nation's premier high school all-star football games.
The annual game has showcased the talents of some of the region's most talented stars throughout the years such as Jadeveon Clowney, A.J. Green, Julius Peppers and Hakeem Nicks.
Despite the long list of Super Bowl champions and even a few members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame that have participated, the game's most meaningful tradition has been the dedicated support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
With 22 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education, according to a press release from the hospital.
Since 1922, the international healthcare system has provided advanced care for more than 1.3 million children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. The care was provided regardless of the families' ability to pay.
Even though the organization's has a large global scope, children throughout the Carolinas have benefited from the Greenville Shriners Hospital's expert services for a wide range of orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, the release stated.