Battle For Bridge practices start Monday, July 1
Game sponsorships sought to benefit cystic fibrosis research
Oregon City and West Linn high school alumni are gearing up for the third annual Oregon City vs. West Linn Battle For The Bridge alumni football game.
West Linn held its first practice this week and Oregon City will hold practices at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning next Monday, July 1.
West Linn team captain David Cote said that he expected a turnout of 40 alumni at the Lions first practice. Oregon City captain Steve Scott said last week that he had only received commitments from a dozen Oregon City alumni, but he was hopeful that Pioneer alumni would turnout in great numbers for practices.
Greg Lord, Mike Lord and Tyler Kemhus are coaching Oregon Citys team; Ron Chappell and Neil Zellick are coaching the Lions.
This years game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, August 17, at West Linn High School. The game is a benefit for the Oregon Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Registration to play in the game is online at www.alumniathleticsusa.com. The player registration fee is $95 and it covers equipment, uniforms and a contribution to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Cote, a 2001 West Linn High School graduate who has Cystic Fibrosis and who played in last years Battle For The Bridge, encourages businesses and individuals to purchase sponsorships for the game. Sponsorships range from $125 for a quarter-page advertisement in the game program, to $5,000 for a title sponsorship.
The game raised over $40,000 in its first two years.
All of the money raised goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and most of the money raised comes through sponsorships...., said Cote. They are very close to finding a cure.... I do this for Sophia [Giammanco] and her generation. I want Sophia and her generation to live long and happy lives.
Sophias dad, Ian Giammanco, and classmate Trent Tribou came up with the idea for the Battle For The Bridge game to benefit cystic fibrosis research two years ago and Sophia, who is now age 6 and has cystic fibrosis, was the poster child for the event for the first two games.
Cote said, As testament to what all the fundraising and research over the years have done, the quality of life [of people with cystic fibrosis] has improved dramatically, and life expectancy has doubled. When I was diagnosed, the life expectancy for someone with cystic fibrosis was 19 years. Now its 38 years.
Sponsorships for this years game may be purchased online at www.battleforthebridge.com.
Oregon City won the first Battle For The Bridge alumni game 23-14; West Linn won 36-35 in overtime last year.