Foxcroft Academy & Maine Shriners Reach New Deal to Host Lobster Bowl Training Camps

February 11, 2020

Foxcroft Academy 2019 Lobster Bowl Participants: L-R: Eli Bickford, Coach Danny White, and Hyatt Smith

Dover-Foxcroft – Foxcroft Academy and the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Board of Directors are pleased to announce they recently finalized a new, five-year agreement for FA to continue to host the annual Lobster Bowl Football training camps.  This will be the second five-year deal the two have reached.

Since 2015, Foxcroft Academy has been the destination for the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic training camps. More than 110 student-athletes and coaches from both the East and West teams are housed on the Foxcroft Academy campus in July and will hold three practice sessions each day as they prepare for the Lobster Bowl game, which will be played at Thornton Academy in Saco.

“It’s a great honor to continue to work with the Maine Shriners, who work tirelessly in supporting essential medical services for young people,” said Head of School Arnold Shorey.  “The Lobster Bowl is a great Maine football tradition, and we have had the honor to host the fine student-athletes for the last five years. I’m very happy to be able to continue the partnership with an eye on the future.  This is an amazing opportunity for our community.”

The Lobster Bowl is sponsored by the Maine Shriners, with 100% of the net proceeds from the game benefiting the 22 Shrine Hospitals for Children across the US, Canada, and Mexico. The Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Game, which operates under the motto, “Strong legs run…so that weak legs may walk,” was created to raise money and to help raise awareness for the expert orthopedic and burn care facilities available to children who desperately need this specialized care, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Rosters are composed of high school seniors nominated by their coaches and then selected by the coaches from each Lobster Bowl side.  This year, Foxcroft Academy Head Football Coach, Danny White, is the head coach for the East team for the first time. 

“I’m humbled to be able to represent our school, our community, and our program for such a great cause. I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to lead these fine young men this summer,” said White.  “I have assembled a staff of great football minds from around the state, to prepare our team for July 18th. The football aspect is great, but it pales in comparison to the bonds and relationships that this great event provides. I’m really looking forward to this summer!”

While this is White’s first time as head coach, he is no stranger to the Lobster Bowl game. He played for the East squad in 2003 and he has been an assistant coach several times over his tenure at Foxcroft Academy.  Lisbon High School Head Coach, Chris Kates, will lead the West. His Greyhounds won the 2019 Class D State Championship in November.

Established in Dover-Foxcroft in 1823, Foxcroft Academy has won eight football state championships and fourteen regional championships, the most recent coming under Coach White in 2018.

For more information on the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, visit https://korashriners.org/lobster-bowl/ or search “Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl” on Facebook.