Isaac Lashua will represent Iola-Scandinavia High School in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games in Oshkosh.
This year’s games are scheduled for Saturday, July 19, at Titan Stadium. Lashua will suit up for the North team in the small school game, set for noon. His teammates include Weyauwega-Fremont’s Cody Chase and Amherst’s Colton Boelte and Garth Groshek.
“It means a lot to me to be a part of this team,” Lashua said. “Growing up, I remember a lot of great Thunderbird players playing in this game. I feel as though I am in great company.”
I-S football coach Scott Erickson nominated Lashua for the honor.
“I nominated Isaac because he did everything possible to make himself the best player he could be,” he said. “He achieved to the highest level, being named to the (WFCA) all-state team, so he deserves all the accolades as a reward for his hard work, dedication and commitment.”
“I hope to go out and compete and see how I stack up against some of the other players from throughout Wisconsin,” said Lashua, who is headed to North Dakota State on a football scholarship. “I am looking forward to playing on the same team as my high school rivals. It will definitely be an interesting experience.”
The games give players the chance to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
“I feel really good about being able to raise money for such a great cause,” Lashua said. “I think it’s really important that I give back to kids who are really in need. I have been fortunate to have good health growing up and now it is my chance to show I appreciate it.”
“This remarkable event brings together the state’s best high school football players to compete in two all-star games while raising thousands of dollars for the care of children,” said Denise Hajos, the games’ fundraising manager. “The game is a way to celebrate high school football with the best of the best in the state. The players are not charged a fee to play in the game. In return for the honor of playing, they are asked to fund-raise a minimum of $750. Our top fundraiser last year raised over $14,000.”
The event has purchased important life-saving equipment for the hospital over the years, including a transport isolette, a Berlin Heart and funding for a teen lounge.
Anyone interested in helping Lashua meet his goal of $3,000 can visit www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/IsaacLashua/2014-wfca-all-star-football-game. This link can also be found on the Isaac Lashua WFCA All-Star Game 2014 Facebook page.
Make checks payable to WFCA. Contact Lashua at 715-412-1567 for more information.
Lashua is the son of John Lashua and Jodi Hansen-Kennealy.