WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl is the oldest all-star football game going in the state of Texas. And this year the Oil Bowl is bringing back its basketball games.
"Several years ago our main goal was to add more events to make it more like a week-long event instead of just a football game on Friday night," Oil Bowl Chairman Yoshi Fukasawa said. "So we added a few elements over the last few years like a youth cheerleading camp and a youth football camp. And this year Coach McGuire at Rider and I had a long conversation that there was nothing for area basketball players. So we decided this year that we would go ahead and bring that back as a way to showcase the local talent on the basketball court."
The basketball all-star games will be played Friday, June 15, at Rider Fieldhouse. The girls will play at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30 p.m. The Oil Bowl wanted to use this as a chance to also showcase some of the talent in coaching in the area.
"The event for us doesn't just showcase the local talent playing," Fukasawa said. "But we have a lot of local talent in the coaching business. So that's a great way for us to show what these guys and women are capable of doing with the children in our community."
The Oil Bowl will focus on bringing in local talent for the games instead of pulling players from all over the state like they have done in previous years. The Oil Bowl also wants to give athletes in other sports the chance to showcase their skills and talents in the future.
"With the long-standing name of the Oil Bowl, it just brings that much more notoriety to it," Fukasawa said. "And hopefully in the next couple of years, we will be adding some other sports maybe volleyball, soccer just different things as the next couple of years progress we hope to add some more sports to the event."
The main goal of the Oil Bowl is to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children and this year they will have a special guest in attendance for the weekend. Who you might recognize from the commercials.
"We have the Shriners Hospital for Children patient ambassador, his name is Alec Cabacungan, most people if they have seen any of the commercials for the Shriners hospital for children they will recognize him," Fukasawa explained. "He's going to attend both basketball games and he will be down on the field on the 50-yard line during the coin toss and he will be sitting with our Divan during the game."