Big 33 Classic misused hundreds of thousand of dollars

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by Jeff Fisher

The Big 33 Classic, a Pennsylvania all-star football game that many considered the best in America, is working to fix problems found during an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Attorney General into the misuse of funds by a previous administration of the non-profit organization.

According to ABC27, the investigation revealed that the Big 33 used $268,810, which was supposed to go to scholarships, to pay lines of credit and other accounts.

The story goes on to say that the Big 33 hasn’t admitted guilt, but will pay the State Attorney General’s office $15,000 for the cost of the investigation, plus put an additional $5,000 per year in the organization’s scholarship endowment fund until the $268,810 is repaid.

The announcement of the misuse of funds comes a few days before the 58th annual Big 33 Classic that will be played between Pennsylvania All-Stars and Maryland All-Stars at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Big 33 has gained national prominence because every Super Bowl ever played has featured at least one Big 33 game alum.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.