WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - This year for the Oil Bowl, there will be a special guest on the sidelines. Alec Cabacungan, the spokesperson for the Shriners Hospital for Children, is in Wichita Falls for the big weekend.
"This is one of my first times in Texas," Cabacungan said. "I've come here briefly before, but I'm really happy to be here. This is the heart of high school football. This is the best competition out there. I am excited to see these all stars play, and they are playing for a great cause, too. They are going to help out a lot of kids and to just be a part of it. It's special, it's going to be awesome."
We told you about Dylan last night, and Alec says it's stories like that that make this game and the cause so special.
"It shows that Shriners--it works," Cabacungan said. "They do really good. I don't know Dylan's case, but I know that Dylan probably wouldn't have been playing football when he was at the hospital. Now because of Shriners' work he is able to play football, and it's really cool to see it."
Alec wants to be a sports broadcaster when he gets older. He told us how he stays so upbeat with all that he has gone through in his life so far.
"I've had a great support system, with my momma and my pops, they have helped me through thick and thin," Cabacungan said. "My sisters, they are my biggest critics and my biggest supporters. And Shriners, they helped me mentally and physically. They help me physically with my surgeries to make sure I look good during these TV performances. And they have also helped me understand more about what Shriners does. And seriously, without any of them I wouldn't be able to be here."
Friday morning, the Maskat Shriners presented Alec with his very own Oil Bowl jersey. The theme we have been hearing from everyone about this weekend is that they really want to have some fun and Alec is no exception.
"I just want to have fun and I am already doing that," Alec said. "I have been in Wichita for a day and everyone I've met have been extremely nice. You don't see that a lot, but it's a lot of fun to have a lot of cool people around. I hope a lot of people come to the game, because it's going to help a great cause. I know this game has helped me a lot so I'm excited."