On Saturday, Bryan’s Alumni Boys soccer and current varsity team will take the field with more on their minds than just winning.
The annual tradition will be held under the lights at the high school soccer field at Recreation Park, beginning at 8 p.m., but will carry an important distinction this year.
A cookout starting at 7 p.m. will raise funds for the benefit of fallen Army soldier, Pfc. Brandon Kreischer and his family, after the 2018 Bryan High grad and Stryker native was killed in Afghanistan last week.
All proceeds from the cookout will go back to the family through their official fund at Farmers & Merchants State Bank. A free will offering will be collected.
“My son had a class with him when he was a freshman. They’re (the team) all pretty much touched in some way by this loss,” said parent and one of the event’s organizers Becky Kimble. “We just want to help get the community and more get behind this young man...We want to bring attention to their needs (the family) in a public way.”
The idea was conceptualized by Bryan soccer coach Luke Collins.
“In Bryan, we rally together and take care of people from Bryan when something happens,” said Collins. “It’s a really unfortunate circumstance, but we saw it as an opportunity to help any way we can for the family.”
Featured food items will include hamburgers, chips, pizza, water, homemade desserts and featuring MoJo’s Grab N’ Go’s potato and macaroni salads. Food will be available before, during and after the game.
“It will be a fun night,” said Kimble. “The alumni game is a lot of fun to watch these older guys, they do really well and they often beat the varsity.”
The Bryan Alumni Soccer game was started in the mid-2000s. Luke’s father, Martin, a former Bryan soccer coach himself, will coach the alumni team.
The cookout is sponsored by Triton Metal Products, MoJo’s Grab N’ Go and the BHS boys soccer team.