U.P. Football All-Star Game


Mission: The U.P. Football All-Star Game will showcase U.P. high school football and give the fans an opportunity to enjoy a competitive game between the U.P.'s best graduating seniors. The U.P. Football All-Star Game will provide a positive environment for all who participate and allow the players and coaches to experience the excitement and camaraderie involved with an All-Star event.

Charity: All-Star Game proceeds will be donated to the following U.P. organizations: The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry will receive all food collected during the food drive, Do It For Daniel Foundation, practice jerseys given to two U.P. football teams, new footballs split between the two head coaches, Westwood & Lake Linden-Hubbell (12 footballs each). Donation History

Game Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023

Game Time: 1 PM, Doors to the Dome open at Noon

Location: Northern Michigan University - Superior Dome (Marquette, MI)

Tickets: Cost: $7 NMU Ticket Office (Order game tickets online)

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Official Hotel Provider)

Television Broadcast Partner:

Radio Broadcast (live):
Fox Sports Marquette 105.1 and 99.9
Streamed LIVE at www.foxsportsmarquette.com

Participants: U.P. Senior Football Players - Current Graduates (Invite only)

Number of Players: Approximately 40-45 players per team

Player Selection Process: Players selected with input from all U.P. high school coaches and U.P. sportswriters (All-Conference Teams and All-U.P. Teams considered).  There is no limit to the number of players from any particular school.  Once the teams are selected, players will receive an invitation to participate in the game.  If the player accepts the invitation, he will be sent an informational packet detailing the specifics of the game, the week's itinerary and the expectations of each player.  If he declines the invitation, the next player at that position will be invited.

Number of Coaches: 5-8 coaches per team

Coach Selection Process: Coaches will be selected at the completion of the playoffs.  It is the hope of the U.P. Football All-Star Game that all U.P. coaches will take turns coaching the game, so everyone gets a chance to be involved and all schools and conferences are represented.

Team Names: Team Black vs. Team Red
**(Fantasy draft of the players in March)**

Schools: Baraga, Bark River-Harris, Brimley, Calumet, Carney-Nadeau, Cedarville, Engadine, Escanaba, Ewen-Trout Creek, Forest Park, Gogebic (Bessemer & Wakefield-Marenisco), Gladstone, Gwinn, Hancock, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Ishpeming, Kingsford, Lake Linden-Hubbell, L'Anse, Manistique, Marquette, Menominee, Mid Peninsula, Munising, Negaunee, Newberry, North Central, North Dickinson, Norway, Ontonagon, Pickford, Rapid River, Rudyard, Sault Ste Marie, St. Ignace, Stephenson, Superior Central, West Iron County, Westwood

Team Colors:
Black Team Uniforms Jerseys: Black and White, Pants: Black (plain, no stripes), Socks: Black, Shoes: Black

Red Team Uniforms Jerseys: White and Red, Pants: Black (plain, no stripes), Socks: Red, Shoes: Black

Official Team Rosters & Profiles

History, Pictures, Awards, Videos & News

Tickets Available Online
        Banquet: $20, Game: $7

        (Ring, DVD, Game Programs, Plaques, Apparel)

U.P. Football All-Star Game Trophy    Ring

Itinerary for All-Star Week:

Monday, June 19, 2023
Athlete and Coach Check-In:
Location: Northern Michigan University, Meyland Hall
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Food Donation Drop-Off:
Community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items at the time of athlete and coach check-in.
All donations to benefit St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.
Location: Northern Michigan University, Meyland Hall
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Media Day:
Team and individual pictures, interviews with media personnel (newspapers, television and radio).
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Skills Challenge: Players
Players compete in a variety of skills (Fastest Man, Strongest Man, Receiver Challenge, Quarterback Challenge, Punting, Kicking). Open to the public.
Location: Superior Dome
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2023
Youth Football Camp:
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: Superior Dome-Marquette, MI

Friday, June 23, 2023
All-Star Banquet:
Recognition of players and coaches, hors d' oeuvres reception
Guest Speaker: TBD
Location: Bottum University Center - Northern Michigan University
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (social), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (program)
Tickets available to the public: $20/person (limited number available)
Contact Xcel: (608-279-6960, todd@Xcel.net)

Saturday, June 24, 2023
U.P. Football All-Star Game:
Location: Superior Dome (doors open at 12:00 PM)
Player and Coach Introductions: 1:00 PM
Kickoff: Immediately following player and coach introductions
Cost: $7     NMU Ticket Office (Order game tickets online)

Post-Game Awards:
Most Valuable Player (offense and defense) & Character Award from each team will be selected by each team's coaches and receive a plaque.  Championship traveling trophy will be presented to the winning coach.  The winning team may pass the trophy to other schools from the winning team throughout the following year. Championship Traveling Trophy

Practice Schedule: Practices will be held at Northern Michigan University (indoors and outdoors).  Practice will be held two times per day and the team coaches will determine the exact schedule and meeting times.

Official Providers

Marquette General Hospital
580 W College Ave., Marquette, MI  49855       906-228-9440

BSN Sports (Dan Bushmaker)

Athletic Trainers
Active Physical Therapy, Marquette & Ishpeming       906-204-7400

Awards Provider
BK Enterprises       www.bkengravesit.com
410 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, MI  49801       906-774-0097

Hotel Provider
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Official Hotel Provider)

Marketing Partner
Buzz Advertising Agency
906-371-0062, tammy@buzzadagency.com

National Anthem

R-John Hogberg, C-Mark Giannunzio , U-Blaine Barabas, L-Eric Danielson, H-Randy Rovelsky, B-Elmer Albright, S-Charlie Morrison, F-Gary Lofholm


Public Address Announcer
Mike Lyons

Radio Broadcast (live):
105.1 - 99.1 Fox Sports Marquette
Streamed LIVE at www.foxsportsmarquette.com

Television Broadcast Partner:

Potential Sponsors: There are many different sponsorship opportunities available. Xcel is a non-profit organization, so all sponsorship donations to the game are tax-deductible. Contact Xcel for more information.

U.P. Football All-Star Game

Yooper Bowl

U.P. Football All-Star Game Trophy
U.P. Football All-Star Game Ring