A basketball game over two decades in the making is set to take place for the very first time this weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 38 former Robert C. Byrd H.S. boys basketball players and 39 former cheerleaders, are joining together for the RCB Boys Basketball Inaugural Alumni Game.
The game starts at 6:30PM and will be played at the RCB gymnasium. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and the proceeds will benefit the RCB Basketball Alumni Association that exists to fundraise for the Byrd High Basketball program.
The alumni teams will be coached by the school’s two previous head boys basketball coaches, Brad Underwood and Chris Sprenger. Al Cox, long-time former announcer for the school, will be helming the public address microphone once again.
The idea of organizing an alumni basketball game had been discussed for a few years, and earlier this fall Andrew Johnson (class of 1998) and Heath Frazier (class of 2001) decided to begin contacting former players to make the game a reality.
Once they got the ball rolling, the momentum for the game quickly took off.
“We initially thought it would be great to have at least 15 to 20 guys committed to playing, but once we spread the word the game was a ‘go’, we had to actually limit the players to guys who were on the team as a senior in high school,” said Frazier. “We have 38 guys representing their respective classes!”
Alumni cheerleaders will also play a big part in the game. Paige Frazier (class of 2008) and Lara Hartzell (class of 2002) worked together to recruit 39 former cheerleaders to participate.
“Their commitment to this from the start has been amazing,” said Heath Frazier. “I’m as excited to see what they have up their sleeve as I am to play in the game.”
For a full list of basketball players and cheerleaders participating in the game, click here.
The organizers hope that the game will become an annual event to support the school’s program.
“We do believe this will be a mainstay – we’ve formed an alumni association that will exist moving forward with the express purpose of fundraising for the current basketball program,” said Frazier.
There will also be a three-point contest and cheer presentation during halftime, sponsored by Dyer Law Office.
Concessions are provided by My Little Cupcake and sponsored by Pike Street Studios Tattoos and Body Piercings.
Other key sponsors for the game include iLease and Rentals, MVB Bank, Walker Media, Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, Dyer Insurance Agency, Precious Cargo Daycare, Caboose Restaurant, L&L Auvil Insurance, Showstopper Graphics, WBOY, and Sparkling Ice provided by Beverage Distributors.