CANTON — Pisgah’s Kam Walker is heading to the 82nd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Walker, a tight end committed to N.C. State, is one of two Western North Carolina players invited to participate in the prestigious high school football all-star game, which pits the best players from North Carolina and South Carolina against one another. The other local player to receive an invitation is A.C. Reynolds offensive CJ Elmonus, a Wake Forest commit.
The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is the oldest high school football all-star game in the country, according to its website. The first one was played Dec. 4, 1937, in Charlotte, and has been held annually ever since. The 2018 game will be played Dec. 15 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Walker is the first Pisgah player under head coach Brett Chappell, who’s been at the school for six seasons, to be selected to participate in the historic game.
“It’s a great opportunity for Kam, for his family and for Pisgah,” said Chappell. “Anytime you can be represented in such a prestigious game, it’s a great honor.”
The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was originally modeled after the East-West Shrine Game, a college football all-star game played in San Francisco. The contest “took on a new slant in the Carolinas,” according to the event’s website, and has been a successful fundraiser from the beginning.
The inaugural game, in 1937, raised $2,500 for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Over the years, more than $75 million have been raised for the cause, according to the website.
Walker, a three-star recruit, committed to N.C. State June 16. He’s received scholarship offers from five other schools, including Temple, Western Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, East Carolina and Campbell.