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Local football players help raise money before heading to All-Star game

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By Sean Giggy

(WAOW)-  On Saturday, several local football stars will take their game to UW-Oshkosh for the 2010 Wisconsin Coaches Association All-Star game, but this game is about more than football. Players began raising money to benefit the Wisconsin's Children's Hospital in Milwaukee.

Says Joe Schwartz, "The whole thing is about raising money for the hospital, we had to reach a goal of 500 dollars to play in the game, and whenever you do something like that, it warms you up a bit to know you're doing something nice for them."

Last year's game raised more than 365,000 dollars for the Children's Hospital, and players have raised more than 350,000 this year. DC Everest grad Ben Heindel set a goal of 2,000 dollars and so far passed that by raising 3,900 himself.

Says Ben Heindel, "That's kinda what the motivation is all about, just the fact that you get to hang out with those types of kids that can't actually play, that you're doing that for them is kind of a big deal."

The funds raised from the teams will benefit the team lounge which provides a living room atmosphere for the teams so they can stay in touch with family and hang out. For the area's athletes, it reminds them of the importance of giving back.

Says Jake Baumann, "Feels good to raise money for an organization, the Children's Hospital is great, helping kids who don't have the same opportunities we have, it always feels good to help those types of kids out."

Saturday's all-star games are set to begin at 2 and 7pm and JJ Keller Field in Oshkosh.

Online Reporter- Sean Giggy

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