Nick Rozanski will be remembered through soccer this month.

Nick Rozanski will be remembered through soccer this month.

A soccer tournament for the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation and the dedication of the Avery Road soccer fields in Rozanski's name are slated for Aug. 17.

Rozanski, a Dublin High School graduate and resident, was killed April 4, 2012, while serving with the Army National Guard's 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan.

The soccer tournament, which begins at noon, will honor Rozanski and his love of soccer while raising money for scholarships available through the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation.

"The really big thing we want to highlight is the Nick Rozanski Foundation gives out six scholarships each year," said Spencer Bownas, Rozanski's cousin and event organizer.

Three scholarships go to the children of a National Guard member and the others go to Dublin students.

"We want to make sure everyone who has a soccer player supports the foundation. That's the community the foundation gives back to," Bownas said.

The soccer tournament will have games running each hour from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 17, with alumni, varsity, junior varsity A and junior varsity B teams from each area high school playing.

"It was a no-brainer to add a soccer tournament in Nick's honor because our whole crew grew up playing soccer together," Bownas said.

Soccer also will unite old friends through alumni teams at the tournament. The teams are no problem to pull together, he said.

"It's so much easier with social media and Twitter," he said.

When Rozanski graduated from Dublin City Schools, there was only one high school, so many of the alumni who play for the team are older than the Jerome and Scioto alumni, Bownas said-- but that doesn't stop the game.

"People are pretty eager to play," he said. "It's a great way for alumni to stay connected to the current program."

Soccer won't be the sole component of the day, however.

"There will be a kids fun zone with bounce houses and games for them to play," Bownas said. "There will be concessions with proceeds going to the Rozanski Foundation and a 50/50 raffle, and we also have other prizes."

The day's activities are free, but donations to the Nick Rozanski Foundation will be accepted. T-shirts and wrist bands will be sold to benefit the foundation.

"It should be a day-long celebration to help us remember Nick and keep his memory alive," Bownas said. "It will also raise money for the foundation and benefit these kids directly."

Prior to the tournament, the Avery Road soccer fields will be dedicated in honor of Rozanski at 9:30 a.m.

Family friend A.C. Strip petitioned Dublin City Council to mount two plaques at the Avery Road soccer fields to remember Rozanski.

Jan Rozanski, Nick's father, said his son spent a lot of time at the Avery Road soccer fields playing, coaching and serving as a referee.

"He spent a big part of his life there at Avery Road soccer fields," he said. "It's a fitting place to put a little memorial for him."

During the ceremony, plaques will be placed on two stones by the soccer fields and some remarks about Rozanski will come from family and friends.

"Hopefully, we'll have the military there with an honor guard. There will be a guest speaker," Mr. Rozanski said. "We're asking that any of the guys and gals who played or refereed with him to come. Some of the kids he played soccer with for years have been asked to say a few words about Nick and his humor on the field. It will be an informal get-together to honor Nick and his passion of soccer."

The Rozanski Memorial Foundation has slated its second annual golf outing and fundraiser for Sept. 27 at Safari Golf Club. For information, visit rozanskimemorial.com.