Part of the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl All Star Game experience includes each player being asked to raise $500 to help out Shrine Hospitals across the country.

At the annual media day at training camp in Dover-Foxcroft, Dexter High School's Tyler Beem was the big buzz when it was learned he had gone above and beyond by raising over $12,000, which is likely a new record for a Lobster Bowl player.

Beem will be a linebacker when the North Team meets the South Team in the 29th Shrine Game. He was a linebacker and running back for Tigers football in recent years.

'The big reason I tried to raise the money is because I have a friend who has cancer and I visited him in the hospital and saw a lot kids that shouldn't have to go through this," said Beem, "My friend had to stop playing football because he was so sick so I want to play for him this week."

Along with playing football at Dexter, Beem was a two-time state champion in wrestling. He plans to go to the Air Force basic training camp and then to their reserves. He wants to attend Husson University and then eventually be a MP in the military.

NOTES: Mt. View High School's Cody Furrow set the fundraising record at $11,600 last year...The Lobster Bowl Game is Saturday at 4pm at Hill Stadium at Thornton Academy in Saco.