Ashland-Greenwood football star says Shriners kids are ‘huge inspiration’

"I think they've had more impact on me, that I'm just hoping that I can have a little bit of impact on them too."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – After a standout athletic career at Ashland-Greenwood, Evan Shepard will be donning the Bluejay helmet one last time at this Saturday’s Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

“Honestly, it’s a huge honor,” Shepard said.

Shepard is Ashland-Greenwood’s lone representative at the Shrine Bowl, an All-Star game for Nebraska’s best high school senior football players.

Proceeds raised from the Shrine Bowl go to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

“The key thing about this whole week is just playing for something bigger than ourselves,” Shepard said. “So I’m playing obviously for my community, my family and all those things, but most importantly, for the kids at the Shriners Hospitals, and I just think that’s just such a cool thing that I get to be a part of.”

Shepard was a star kicker, wide receiver and defensive back for the Bluejays. He will run track at Midland University next year, after an outstanding track career at Ashland-Greenwood.

But Shepard is arguably best known for his buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the Class C1 State Basketball Championship against Auburn earlier this spring.

He says a few people have mentioned the memorable shot to him this week.

“We were watching the semifinals for the NBA,” Shepard tells Channel 8. “And there was a guy that came down

The 64th annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska game will take place June 4th, 2022 at 6:00 PM at the University of Kearney campus at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field.

Shepard says he’s looking forward to the week of service and suiting up one last time as a Bluejay.

“My teammates are awesome, ton of great people down here, so it’s just been a great experience,” Shepard said.


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