North Carolina’s Ethan Horton commits as guest speaker to 2014 Shrine Bowl Awards Banquet

North Carolina’s Ethan Horton commits as guest speaker to 2014 Shrine Bowl Awards Banquet

Ronnie Blount, Chairman of the Shrine Bowl Board of Governors said, “We are most delighted to have one of North Carolina’s favorite sons, Ethan Horton, to speak to our coaches, players, parents and fans of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.  As one of America’s premier high school, college and NFL players, his personal commitment to discipline and the importance he places on the standards of excellence on and off the field is extraordinary”.

Ethan Horton is the Marketing Director of The Best of Knowledge, a locally owned Company in North Carolina that’s been in business for 12 years.  In addition to starting a career in business, Time Warner Cable has made Horton part of it’s High School Football Coverage and WBTV uses Horton’s knowledge on it’s Sunday Night (call in) Sports TV Show The Point After!

He is a certified Gender Violence Prevention trainer for High School and College Students. A Football Instructor for FootballUniversity and the NFL for their Prep 100 Leadership Series. In 2014, The ACC recognized him as a football Legend and in 2014 he was inducted into the Cabarrus County Hall of Fame.

Horton began his career in football as an All- American quarterback for A.L.Brown High School in Kannapolis, N.C., and he was a quarterback on the 1980 Tar Heel Shrine Bowl Team. From there, Horton went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he won accolades as a first-team All-ACC running back and 1984 ACC Player of the Year. In 1985, Horton was the 15th overall pick in the NFL draft. He was a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs (’85) and was a highly decorated tight end with the Los Angeles Raiders (’87, ’89-’93) and Washington Redskins (’94). Horton’s skills as a tight end were recognized by the NFL by naming him to the Pro Bowl in 1992.

Horton is married and has two sons.

Tickets for the banquet will be available for $45 each by calling the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas office at 1-800-648-BOWL (2695).

About the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas

The Shrine Bowl began in 1937 based on the model of the East-West Shrine Game that was played in San Francisco, but the game took on a new slant in the Carolinas. Instead of being a college all-star game, it would become the nation’s first high school football all-star game. The inaugural game in 1937, under the leadership of former Charlotte Fire Chief Hendrix Palmer attracted 5,500 spectators, many of whom paid one dollar to attend and raised $2,500 for the hospital. Since the first game, over $75 million dollars have been raised for Shriners Hospitals. Visit for more information.


About the Game

This year’s game will take place on December 20, 2014 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of WoffordCollege. The rivalry between the top senior high school football players of North Carolina versus the best in class from South Carolina will renew for the 78th time – the longest standing all-star game in America.   General admission Tickets will be available at all Academy Sports and Outdoors in North and South Carolina and from the Shrine Bowl Office in advance for $15.00 general admission.  Game day, at the Gate Price is $20.00 general admission.  Stop in your local Academy Sports and Outdoors location, or call for your Shrine Bowl tickets at 1-800-648-2695, or go online at


About the Shriners Hospital for Children:

The hospital network has been treating orthopedic conditions since the founding of the first hospital in 1922. With a large full-time staff of pediatric orthopedic  surgeons in the United States, as well as a comprehensive team of physical, occupational, speech and other therapists, the ShrinersHospital for Children are able to provide customized care to each child.

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