There will be a Thanksgiving Day all-star football game in Akron for the fourth year in a row Thursday.

Game organizers Jacob Thompson, Jay Brophy Jr., Jay Brophy Sr., Greg Shook and Nick Shook said the game, which is set to kick off at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent-St. Mary, is approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and gives high school seniors one more game to show their skills to college recruiters.

Proceeds from the Thanks4Giving All Star Football Game will go toward charities, including the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Native American Indian Culture Center.

The origins of this game date back to Summit County’s first Thanksgiving Day game in 1942, when the Akron City Series Championship game was played at the Rubber Bowl. The game became a tradition within Summit County, annually drawing large crowds from 1948 to 1990 before it was stopped as a result of the expanding OHSAA state football playoff system.

All 28 Summit County football-playing schools were consulted. Game rosters will be published in Thursday’s Akron Beacon Journal and online at

There will be two teams, East and West. Admission is $5 per person with a canned food item at the gate.

A band and cheerleaders will also be in attendance, and cancer survivor patients will be recognized.

Sims gives back to school

Nordonia High School graduate Rob Sims has given a $30,000 donation to his alma mater.

Sims, a starting left guard with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and former football standout at Ohio State, gave the Nordonia Athletic Booster Club the money through his Southeast Virginia Community Foundation.

Nordonia Athletic Director Rob Eckenrode said the funds will be used to offset 2014 football player pay-to-participate fees. Sims’ mother, Brenda, and sister, Robyn, made the presentation to the school.

“When Rob was playing at Nordonia I was unsure of how I would make Rob’s participation fee payment; this donation will prevent other mothers from having the same thoughts,” Brenda said.

Nordonia football coach Jeff Fox is thrilled with Sims’ financial commitment.

“Rob’s generous contribution will ensure that all students who want to play football next fall will have the financial means to do so,” Fox said. “It is with great pride and gratitude that I accept this donation on behalf of the entire Nordonia Football family.”

Sims is a 2002 graduate of Nordonia High School. The All-Ohioan continued his academic and athletic career at Ohio State, where he played on the 2002 national championship team.

After graduating from OSU in 2006, Sims was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He was traded to the Detroit Lions in 2010 after four years with the Seahawks.

Sims resides in suburban Detroit with his wife, Natalie, daughter, Mikala, and son, Robert III.

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