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Sacramento, CA – Nov. 20, 2012 – Each year, a select group of young athletes are chosen to participate in the Florida Shrine Bowl to help raise funds and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for children. The 2012 line-up will include three Junior Jesuit Marauder members from Sacramento – Mason LaFond, Antonio Hernandez and Derrick Thomas. The three must arrive in Florida by November 30, 2012 and to realize their dream, the trio is seeking financial support to pay for essential expenses.

“Donations will need to be in no later than Thursday, Nov. 29 through the Crowdtilt Site,” said Lynne Pattalock, fundraising coordinator. “These young men would love the opportunity to experience the Shrine Bowl, but they need the financial support of our generous community.”

The Junior Jesuit Marauders is conducting a CrowdTilt fundraising campaign to obtain the $3,000 needed to cover their airfare, accommodations, transportation and team photos. The athletes will represent the Jesuit Junior Marauder Football and Cheer program in the 2012 Florida Shrine Bowl, to be held in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support Shriners Hospitals that deliver life-changing medical care for children without placing the financial burden on patients’ families. The special event brings together members of youth football programs from across the nation in a spirit of camaraderie for the benefit of others.

The Junior Jesuit Marauders is the official youth tackle football program of Jesuit High School. The trio was chosen to play in the SYF Shrine Bowl in Sacramento and 44 teens overall were selected to participate in the Florida Shrine Bowl. Those chosen for the Florida Shrine Bowl represent players who have exhibited outstanding athletic abilities within the game, exemplary character traits and superior academic achievement.

A faith-based organization, Jesuit High School seeks to develop the abilities and skills of young athletes from all backgrounds. This campaign maintains a “No Player Left Behind” philosophy that fosters excellence on the field while promoting sportsmanship, trust and unity both on and off the field. The Jesuit Jr. Marauder Midget Squad was undefeated 9-0 this season, and the three players selected for the Florida Shrine Bowl demonstrated the skill and sportsmanship for which the program is well known.

Christian and community service are at the core of what the boys represent and the purity of what sports can offer. The school’s program is dedicated to assisting members of the Junior Jesuit Marauders develop into “men for others” through youth sports and learning to give back to their community.

Fans can follow the trio on Facebook here. Photos and video will be uploaded during the event, allowing supporters to follow their progress and enjoy the journey along with them.

The three members of the Junior Jesuit Marauders have an opportunity to play alongside top-flight athletes in their age division at the Florida Shrine Bowl, while benefitting Shriners Hospitals for children. To make that journey and realize their ambitions, the teens require the assistance of a generous community that supports the world-changing traits the teens embody.

To make a contribution, visit the Crowdtilt website to help these boys.