Video: Freedom Bowl players tour Shriners Hospital in Portland

All-star football players are playing for charity Saturday night

PORTLAND — The game is so much more than a game.

The Freedom Bowl Classic has raised more than $100,000 for Shriners charities since the game began in Clark County in 2003. 

Rohen, an 8-year-old from Canby, Ore., was all smiles Thursday when he got to meet football players from the Freedom Bowl Classic. Photo by Paul Valencia
Rohen, an 8-year-old from Canby, Ore., was all smiles Thursday when he got to meet football players from the Freedom Bowl Classic. Photo by Paul Valencia

On Thursday, this year’s players got a chance to tour Portland’s Shriners Hospital for Children, to get an up-close look at the reason for playing in this game.

The Freedom Bowl Classic, which features recent graduates from Southwest Washington high school, is an all-star football game that will be played Saturday night at McKenzie Stadium.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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