UP All-Stars Get Gear Despite COVID Cancellation
For the last 13 years, the UP All-Star Football game has been played by high school standouts from Upper Peninsula Schools.
This year was the first time in its history it didn’t happen.
Despite COVID-19 being the cause of cancellations across the country, organizers thought that with the numbers in the Upper Peninsula they would be able to still make it happen. But after July 4th, they decided for the safety of the kids, coaches, and communities, the game needed to be cancelled.
Even though the game didn’t happen, organizers wanted the players to still get the gear they normally would if they had played in the game.
They made 23 stops on Sunday across the Upper Peninsula delivering jerseys, backpacks, cleats, rings, and other gear to those who had made the roster.
“This is a very special week for the kids and for them to have one more thing taken away from them, it’s very emotional,” said Todd Goldbeck, one of the organizers for the game. “But the decision to drive around the UP and hand out gear was real easy, it wasn’t a decision at all. Just something I had to do to give the kids some closure on this.”
“It was definitely neat, he sent out a big email saying he was going to come around with a bunch of stops around the UP and everything so we were pretty excited about that to get together one more time,” said Jimmy Storey, who graduated from Pickford this year and is going on to play at Albion in the fall.