The “Lions All Star Football Game” became a District project in 1973 and the first Central California Lions All Star Football Game was played in 1974 at the University of the Pacific Stadium in Stockton, California. The Lions All Star Football Game is one of the oldest “all-star” football games in the state of California and one of the only games to house their players and coaches. Our unique experience provides these players and coaches with an unparalleled opportunity to learn integrity, leadership skills, form life-long bonds and friendships as well as the ability of learning how to get along with others. Many of these players have been rivals starting long before high school in the Pop Warner Leagues.
Players are graduating high school seniors who are nominated by their coaches. The players are selected from the high schools located within the eight-county central California area that makes up District 4-A1. The final selection is done by a committee of coaches who review game films provided by the high school coaches. Those who receive the highest ratings are then invited to play.
The North Team has been housed in the dormitories at UOP (University of the Pacific) in Stockton and the South Team at CSUS (California State University Stanislaus) for a week. The players and coaches stay on campus for a week and the local Lions Clubs provide entertainment and transportation for various activities throughout their time on campus. Annually each team is given a team dinner during the week hosted and donated by a local Lions Club or Clubs and transportation is provided by the club members who also donate their time/gas.
This District fundraising event gives graduating seniors an opportunity to display their talents in a post-season game and to give them recognition in their communities. Many who have played in this game have gone on to excel in athletics in their college and university careers and some have played professional football. We raise our funds from the Lions selling ads in our program every year by supporting a local high school player or players with a sponsorship selling T-shirts & programs, a food booth, and from generous donations from our corporate sponsors.
We appreciate the Lions of District 4-A1 for their continuing support of this worthwhile endeavor for these talented athletes. The Lions All Star Football Committee would like to thank you for your support.
- November-January: Selection of Coaches for the game
- January-February: Selection of players for the North and South teams (the coaches from the local high schools review the tapes)
- March-April: Players Press Banquet (introduction of the players to the press and public)
- April-May: Advertising sales for the program for the game
- June or July: Game Day