Organized by Alumni Athletics USA, the game will join those who played for the Lions and Falcons for a fundraiser for both schools’ athletic departments. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Freedom.
“That same energy is there,” said game coordinator Kevin Lee. “What’s also nice is that they know it’s for a fundraiser. You now have adults out there playing with a different mentality about life.”
Alumni Athletics has coordinated alumni games all over the nation, but this will be the first one in the Bay Area. The event features pre- and post-game festivities plus a $25,000 car-giveaway football-toss contest at halftime.
Lee said players range from recent graduates to 40-somethings (for Liberty). Nearly 60 athletes have signed up so far. CJ LeVeque, a 2003 alumnus, and Ryan Ng, a 1989 grad, will suit up for Liberty. Freedom will be coached by the current varsity team’s special-teams coach, Jeff Walters.
“It sounds to me that the Liberty community is really behind it, and I think the Freedom community will be as well,” said Freedom Athletic Director Steve Amaro. “If this first one goes really well, I have a feeling there will be a bunch of high schools throughout the area that will probably move to do it next year.”
Amaro hopes to make this an annual tradition for one of East County’s most spirited rivalries.
Liberty and Freedom alumni can still register to participate at www.alumniathleticsusa.com or by calling Lee at 707-849-6777.