Alumni soccer event to benefit Rozanski memorial fund
Dublin City School District alumni will get a chance to reignite their high school rivalries Aug. 18.
Dublin's three high schools will team up to host the first Nick Rozanski Memorial Cup at Coffman High School Aug. 18.
The alumni soccer tournament is looking to involve former soccer players from any Dublin high school and raise money for a memorial fund.
The Nick Rozanski Memorial Fund was recently created to benefit Dublin students and families with scholarships and charitable foundations.
The fund is named after Nick Rozanski, a 1994 Coffman High School graduate, who was killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan with the Ohio National Guard 37th Infantry Brigade in April.
Rozanski was known for having a passion for life and sports, so a soccer tournament seemed to be an appropriate way to raise funds and remember him.
"Nick was obviously involved in soccer in the Columbus area," Kerri Ward said.
"I teach at (Dublin) Scioto (High School) and we had done a baseball event at the very beginning of May called the Red, White and Blue game," Ward said.
"All the proceeds went to the memorial fund. I was talking to Nick's family and friends and thought we should do a soccer event."
The event is looking for alumni soccer players from Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools. Participation in the event is free.
"It's going to be a round-robin between all three alumni teams so there will be one winner at the end," Ward said.
"A big trophy was donated to us that will be engraved with the winner each year and go to the winning school."
The games could give players a sense of friendly rivalry they felt in high school, Ward said.
"I talked to coaches from the three high schools and they were very interested in trying to get an alumni game," she said.
"There will be a little competitiveness between the schools. It should be fun."
Along with soccer games, the day will include inflatable amusements for children, food and raffles.
"We'll have small raffles with things donated from local businesses like gift cards," Ward said. "Anyone who donates to the (fund) will get a raffle ticket."
The lengths and times of games are still being worked out, but Ward said the event will begin at 10 a.m. Games could run until 2 or 4 p.m. depending on the length.
"We have the stadium until 4," she said.
To sign up to play in the Nick Rozanski Memorial Cup, look online at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ viewform?fromEmail=t rue& formkey=dDZZNVM4Zy1BRmVkeXUtdHdrUWdGanc6MQ.