And the Battle goes on
Battle for the Bridge adds an Oregon City vs. West Linn alumni basketball game
The Oregon City and West Linn communities will come together once again on Tuesday, Nov. 4, when alumni from Oregon City and West Linn high schools do battle in the first annual Battle for the Bridge alumni basketball game between the two schools. Tip-off is 7 p.m. in the Oregon City High School gymnasium.
Its a spinoff of the Battle for the Bridge alumni football game, which raises money to fight cystic fibrosis. The 2014 alumni football game and golf tournament raised over $25,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, according to Battle for the Bridge vice-chair Justin Fisher.
We want to continue to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, Fisher says. But we also want to continue to build on community. Show the importance of that West Linn and Oregon City rivalry in building community. The importance of maintaining friendships with your neighbor in building successful communities.
Fisher says that the high school coaches at West Linn and Oregon City are fully in support of and helping to promote the Nov. 4 basketball game between alumni from the two schools.
Theyre going to have their current high school teams there, announcing, selling tickets and operating the scoreboard, things alumni normally do, Fisher said. Itll help give the kids a sense of community and an understanding that once you graduate, its your turn to give back.
Fisher is seeking graduates to play for both Oregon City and West Linn alumni teams, as well as businesses to buy sponsorship ads in the alumni game program.
Wed like alumni going back a ways [to sign up to play], Fisher said. We want recent graduates too, but not just recent graduates.
Steven Lemma, a 2002 graduate of Oregon City High School, has already signed on, not only as a player for Oregon Citys alumni basketball team, but his business, Clackamas-based Securus Contact Systems, is the event title sponsor.
Sponsorships in the alumni basketball tournament program sell for $250. The deadline for purchasing sponsorships is Oct. 24.
Proceeds from the alumni tournament will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the boys basketball programs at Oregon City and West Linn high schools.
Admission to the game is $5.
To sign up to play in the game, or to purchase a game program sponsorship, contact Fisher at 503-720-0861.
Fisher says conversations have also begun about the possibility of an alumni baseball game between the cross-river rivals.