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Public vs. Private All-Star Game - Jan. 6

Close to 90 standout high school athletes representing Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and school districts from as far away as Connecticut, will compete in TRU Sports Foundation's Third Annual Private vs. Public All Star High School Football Game.

The game, which will be held in partnership with Trainers R Us, Inc., will be played at McArthur High School football stadium on Friday, January 6, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30p.m. All-Star participants will be joined on the sideline by former NFL quarterback and Miami Dolphin Daunte Culpepper along with Oakland Raiders cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and DeMarcus Van Dyke to name a few.

Two years ago, in the inaugural event, the Private team topped the Public squad 12-8 at Monsignor Pace High School before the Public team squared things up at one win apiece with a 26-7 victory last year at McArthur Stadium in Hollywood. Thus the Jan. 6 contest will represent the "rubber" match.

The Private/Public All Star game is an effort to provide graduating seniors an opportunity to showcase their talent among their peers, and obtain one last look by coaches and recruiters, representing colleges and universities across the country. In order to be considered for participation, students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and have already taken the ACT or SAT exam.

Some of the top talent participating in this year's contest will be, from the Private schools, Calvary Christian quarterback Javan Shashaty who set all kinds of single season and career passing records at CC, St. Thomas Aquanis wide receivers Gavin Sinclair and Nico Shepherd, Gulliver Prep. quarterback Dalton Easton and Belen Jesuit running back Imani Davis.

Fresh off leading the Miami Norland Vikings to the Class 5A state championship, quarterback Tony Thomas will help lead the Public All-Star team offensive attack along with two other QBs, Shawn Parrish of Miramar and Joe Villar of McArthur who will be playing on his home field.

"I commend the TRU Sports Foundation for providing this type of opportunity and exposure to these players," said Van Dyke who played four years at Monsignor Pace and four more at the University of Miami before being a third round draft pick of the Raiders last April. "Coming from the same neighborhood as many of these kids, programs like these are so necessary in helping to ensure talented athletes, who may have been overlooked, have an opportunity to be seen by college coaches. That second or third look might be the one to make a difference, and help them realize their dream of getting a college education and playing football."

The game was not the only big event this time. Last week (Dec. 22) some of the participating players visited the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, where they distributed toys to children who are hospitalized for the holidays, and a Media Day press event will be held on Friday, Dec. 30 where they will have an opportunity to gain interview experience and be addressed by members of the media. As an added benefit, during the game, two students will be awarded with a $500 scholarship to assist them as they work towards getting a college education.

The game will also feature a “Battle of the Bands” Halftime event between rivals Miramar High School’s Patriots and Miami Carol City’s “Marching Chiefs.” Gameday sponsors include LaLey Sports, Wing Stop, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Tax Network Group and U18 Sports Medicine.

"This All-Star Game is a unique opportunity for these athletes to showcase their talent, and we are proud to have received such a high level of interest from athletes around the country willing to travel to South Florida to participate in this game," said Mario O. Smith, Executive Director of the TRU Sports Foundation. "We are extremely excited to host an All-Star Game that not only allows players, parents and fans alike, the opportunity to experience an action-packed and competitive contest between some of the state's top ranked schools, but incorporates time in the schedule for athletes to go out and make a difference in the lives of others, truly making this a community-wide event."

Game tickets are $5 for high school students with a valid I.D. and $10 for general admission (Children under 5 admitted free). For more information about the game or sponsorship opportunities, contact Smith or Claudienne Hibbert at 305-740-2822 or visit www.trusportsfoundation.org.

Teams will be practicing this week at Chaminade-Madonna. Next week, they will move to Ferguson Park in Miami Gardens.



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I hope to see Stephen Mcgriff from Coral Reef HS playing in this game he was shafted in the Dade vs Broward game, this kid deserves a shot.


I know the coaches favor there players but this game is to show case the best players not give favors to parents that donate money to there programs.


Knowing his coach, he won't be playing! That's why parents need to stay involved and active in their kids education/extra curricular activities. 90%, NO 95% of most coaches ONLY care about winning & losing.

Tatiana L. Jones

I am soo Excited to see Jay'Len Mahan from Wilby HS in Connecticut get the chance to prove to everyone he deserves to be there! He has worked awefully hard to be where he is today. I am proud of him. This kid is really going somewhere.

Evone Robinson

I am so excited to see Deon Robinson from Carol City HS get the chance to show off his talent as a CB.. You rock DEON...

Champ Dulcio

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Wow, I just saw the All star game jerseys!!! These are way to hot for high school. Are you kidding me. Fitted jerseys with a fresh old school feel. I like the cut on the front at the bottom, enabling a form fit. Its like Im looking at the future patriots throw backs. Well done Fergo sports and Champ. The color scheme is great. I can't believe that high school players get to wear fitted jerseys of that caliber. I would love to hear what other people think of the all star attire.


I am sorry to see that Vernon davis from Coral Reef was not selected to play in this game


Ct kids representing by earning starting spots,small state but definitely has some good players


I am shocked and angry by some of the players selected it's crazy how the running back from carol city felder made this team with the stats he had there were many more runnings backs that deserved that spot I am not judging him a person or being a good football player I no he played on a bad team and had a good year last year but there were many other backs that worked very hard that performed better like the kid from varlea or hml American or even goleman it's just sad I thought all star games were for kids that performed the best during the season not for kids that know the most people smh dade county


What school are the coaches from?


I'm glad to see that charleston Jenkins of miramar high top receiver got to show his stuff in the all star game congradulation!!!!


I am happy to see North Broward Prep sent great talent to the game. They all SHOWED THEIR POTENTIAL!! Great game.



TRU Sports Foundation

We would like to takde the time to thank everone who was involved with the Private vs. Public All Star Game, from Coaches to Players and supportive parents. You have all helped to make this game a success in it 3rd year. We would like to service more kids, but whats more important is the kids that participate in the game have to have a CORE GPA of 2.5 to participate.

With the new rules of the NCAA, kids now have to have at lease a 2.3 GPA to participate on the collegiate level. TRU Sports Foundation will have mentoring classes for those 8-11 graders helping them to acheive above and beyond a 2.3 GPA's, and help these young men with SAT and ACT tutoring. Academics and Athletics is what we are promoting!!!

Join us GMAC/ Dade County School Board and BCAA/Broward County School Board. Raise the bar for these youong athletes to participate in High School sports. Follow suite of the NCAA and raise the GPA to 2.3 at lease.

Its more than just a game!

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