With the high school football season well underway, head coaches have been named for the 2023 Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, powered by Bedford and Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers.
More than 80 of the state’s top football players will be selected to play in next year’s fundraising game to benefit programs and services at Dartmouth Health Children’s and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD). The 2023 edition of the East vs. West showdown is Friday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. at Saint Anselm College.
Team East will be led by Jimmy Lauzon, head coach at Londonderry High School. Lauzon has a long history with the game, serving as assistant coach in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and as head coach in 2019. The Manchester native began his career at 22 years old, coaching at West High School and Saint Anselm College before assuming his current role in 2014. Last fall, he guided the Lancers to their second straight Division I South championship.
On the West sideline, Merrimack High School head coach Kip Jackson takes the reins after serving as assistant coach for the annual game in 2021 and 2022. Jackson is in his eighth season at Merrimack and prior to his appointment, served as assistant coach at Nashua South for twelve years.
The next two months will see both head coaches put together a full coaching staff. All high school coaches in New Hampshire will be invited to submit player nominations. The coaching staffs will draft their players in early December, followed by an orientation in January at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where players will learn about the game, how it benefits patients and families, and how they can support the cause with fundraising of their own.
The NH East-West Football game is a key fundraiser for Dartmouth Health Children’s. Proceeds from the game are used to help provide children with critical services such as support when they are in pediatric intensive care and management of chronic illnesses, as well as patient and family support services. Players are not required to fundraise in order to play in the game but have generated over $660,000 since the game began, including $74,000 last summer. The 2022 game generated over $246,000.
Sponsorship packages for 2023 are available to businesses and organizations that wish to support the cause. Tickets will be available beginning in February.
Additional info can be found at www.CHaDAllStarFootball.org
About Dartmouth Health Children's
Dartmouth Health Children's is the only comprehensive pediatric healthcare system in the region. Fully integrated in Dartmouth Health and anchored for more than 30 years by Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD)—in Lebanon, NH—Dartmouth Health Children's promotes health, advances knowledge, and delivers the best patient and family-centered care for infants, children, and adolescents across New Hampshire and Vermont. Dartmouth Health Children's conducts groundbreaking research and educates the next generations of health professionals as the primary pediatric partner of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Highly skilled and collaborative child health professionals provide care in multiple settings across the region. Outpatient specialty visits and same-day surgery services are available at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Manchester. Primary care appointments in general pediatrics are available at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics in Bedford, Concord, Lebanon, Manchester and Nashua, NH and Bennington, VT; as well as at Dartmouth Health members: Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Cheshire Medical Center, New London Hospital and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.