Texas Alumni Football is coming to the Abilene area in April. Former high school players from Sweetwater and other neighboring schools are expected to put on the pads again with former teammates to comprise up to 12 alumni teams. The games are open to all alumni and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties. Alumni teams will play an alumni team from their rival school.
Most former high school football players never thought they would play again. “You don’t just play pickup games of full contact football when you graduate. For many guys, football is the biggest thing in the world in high school and then it’s taken away forever. People tell us all the time about how they’ve literally dreamed about the chance to play again,” says Tim Bishop, Director of Texas Alumni Football.
Based in Austin, Texas Alumni Football has suited up over 1,500 former West Texas high school football players this past year in places such as Odessa, Seminole, Sweetwater and Big Spring. The alumni games have been popular with players and fans. “We’ve heard from several West Texas towns that the biggest crowd they ever had was for the alumni game,” says Bishop. Over 3,000 fans came out to watch the alumni games at 2A schools Crane and Big Lake earlier this year.
Local communities enjoy a rare opportunity to watch their former gridiron stars in action again. Schools benefit by having the opportunity to re-engage alumni, create fund raisers during the games and host schools retain the concession sales for various school projects.
Texas Alumni Football is now organizing alumni games for Abilene Area and surrounding areas including: Abilene High, Abilene Cooper, Snyder, Sweetwater, Wylie, Clyde, Jim Ned, Merkel, Anson, Hawley, Stamford, Albany, Roscoe, Haskell, Roby, Rotan, Aspermont, Hermleigh, Trent and Blackwell.
Former players can sign up at abilene2011.eventbrite.com or call Deb Eichman at 512-650-0159. Also on www.AlumniFootballUSA.com , fans and players can link to individual team Facebook pages to discuss and reminisce about rivalries, players, games and other high school memories.