Battle for the Bridge Alumni Basketball Game
The 2nd annual Battle for the Bridge alumni basketball game was a tremendous success, raising almost $4,000. 20 alumni from both Oregon City and West Linn participated in this year’s contest.
Proceeds from this year’s game will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation and Oregon City and West Linn boys basketball.
Battle for the Bridge Holiday Party on December 5!
Join Battle for the Bridge at the Holiday Sweater Party on Saturday, December 5 from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at Ancestry Brewing in Tualatin. There is no better way to celebrate the season and taste a preview of Ancestry Brewing straight from the brewery!
Music will be provide by Yellow Tux Entertainment and PDX Sliders will be on site sampling their latest fair. A contest will also award the best holiday sweater in attendance.
Tickets are $20 per person (includes two free beer tokens, additional food and drink options available for purchase). Space is limited so we encourage you to register today.
Happy Holidays from Battle for the Bridge!
2nd Annual Battle for the Bridge Basketball Game
Practice for the 2nd Annual Battle for the Bridge alumni basketball game (Tuesday, November 10 at West Linn High School at 7:30 PM) begins this Monday.
Interested players should register today by clicking on this link. The fee to participate in this year’s game is $100. Registration includes practices, uniform to be worn at the game, and Battle for the Bridge t-shirt.
Oregon City practice will take place on the dates listed below. All practices for the Oregon City Alumni will be held at the new Oregon City High School gymnasium from 8-9:30 PM.
West Linn practice will take place on the dates listed below. All practices for the West Linn Alumni will be held at West Linn High School gymnasium from 8:30-10:00 PM.
If you cannot participate this year we hope you will attend the game on November 10 at West Linn High School. Admission is $5 per person. You can also make a tax deductible donation to Battle for the Bridge by visiting our website at www.BattlefortheBridge.com.
Questions? Contact Ryan Wells at ryan@BattlefortheBridge.com or Imran Haider at imran@BattlefortheBridge.com for more information on how to participate or sponsor this year’s game.
Oregon City vs. West Linn Breakfast on September 3rd
The annual Oregon City vs. West Linn Football Breakfast will take place at 6:30 AM on Thursday, September 3 at the Oregon City Elks Lodge. The Pioneers take on the Lions at 7 PM on Friday, September 4 at Pioneer Stadium. Breakfast tickets are $10 at the door and all alumni and friends of Oregon City and West Linn Football are encouraged to attend. The game on September 4 will mark the 95th consecutive meeting between Oregon City and West Linn making it the longest, continuously played high school football game west of the Mississippi. Oregon City leads the high school series by a slim margin, 50-43-1, and the alumni series 4-1.
Why I “Battle”
By Michael MacClanathan
West Linn Class of 2010
Over the years, I have come to understand that there is more to life than what the eye can see. Coaches are more than big headed bosses telling you what to do, leaders pull the heavy loads rather than encourage others to push, and super heroes walk around in camouflage rather than capes. But there is one thing that continues to surprise me with life long lessons, and that is the sport of football.
When I first joined Battle for the Bridge, I witnessed what many see when they look at the playing field–a bunch of guys not ready to hang up the hat. Though I was still playing collage ball at the time, I knew that this was soon to be my only chance of getting a fix playing football. What I did not realize is that it would become much more.
While playing for Linfield, I began to understand the secret behind the success of the program. It is something that every team can have but many fail to achieve. Family structure. We never played for ourselves, but for each other. The selfless players were always the most successful because they had the trust and the support of their entire team. After four years of playing in this environment, it was then I was able to see that Battle for the Bridge is more than just a football game.
Each year, when I walk onto that field I am surrounded by the most selfless players. Each of the players are ready play for something bigger then themselves. They are all ready to be a part of something incredible. Even though I have not experienced the hardship and struggles that drive many of these players to fight for the ones they love, I found myself doing what ever it takes to help them through their adversity.
So why do I participate? It is not for the pride and glory of being the best. It is not for cheers and whistles when we step on the field. It is for the men right beside me in the green and gold, and the red and white. It is for those who understand the true meaning of what this organization stands for. It is for those who fight against the adversity that challenges their health and their way of life.
As I raise my metaphorical glass, I thank my extended family on both sides of the Bridge. I can only hope that my involvement in this organization will help to continue this tradition for years to come.
Thank you to everyone for allowing me to be a part of the family.
This is why I “Battle.” Why do you?
Fathers and Family
By David Norman
This past Sunday we celebrated Father’s day. It’s a time that we reflect and honor the fathers and men in our lives that have guided us, mentored us, and shaped us into the people we are today. In this edition of our newsletter, I’d like to share an aspect about Battle For Bridge that celebrates Fatherhood in its entirety. Fatherhood created Battle For The Bridge and fatherhood makes this event special and unique.
Ian Giammanco co-created Battle For The Bridge in an effort to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a life threatening condition that affects his daughter Sophia. It is because of a father’s love and pursuit to find a cure for his daughter that this event was established. This love took an alumni football game and transformed it into a medium to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
One can feel the impact of fatherhood in the football game. The bond between fathers and sons and traditions passed down from generations of West Linn and Oregon City Alumni. You could sense how special this game was when Todd MacClanathan (WL 1985) and his son Michael (WL 2011) both sacked the Oregon City Quarterback together in the first Battle For The Bridge; and with Michael Wilson (WL 1985) playing with his son, Christian (WL 2011). Players on both sides could see the bond between Rick Schneider (OC 1979) and his son, Quarterback Russell Schneider (OC 2001) playing together; or when Coach Greg Lord returned to coach Oregon City alumni, which included his son Mike (OC 1995). You can also feel the generational impact of this game as current West Linn High School students Connor and Katie Maloney watch their father, Mike (WL 1986), battle in the trenches of the offensive and defensive line. The sense of family was present in the stands as Bill Hoveke watched his son TC (WL 2005) and grandson Mitch (WL 2012) play football and his daughter, Liz (WL 1994) perform at half time show with the alumni dance teams. And finally, it was powerful for me to look into the stands and see my father watching me play football one more time.
Fatherhood and community. Fighting for a cure. This football game is privilege and tradition exclusive only to Oregon City and West Linn Alumni. It’s not just a game; it’s a family affair.
“Battling” Cystic Fibrosis — Why we Need You this Summer!
By Ian Giammanco
I have been asked to talk about what it is like to be the Dad of a child with Cystic Fibrosis. Now that I sit down to write this it is a difficult thing to put into words, but I will do my best to articulate what I can.
January 23rd, 2007 was unequivocally the single greatest day of my life. On this day, in Spokane Washington our daughter Sophia Bella entered the world. We had decided on her name ahead of time after much deliberation. Sophia, meaning Wisdom in Greek, and Bella meaning Beautiful in Italian. The name fit her perfectly. From the moment I first got to hold her in my arms I knew that my life was forever changed. I was instantly filled with the most overwhelming feeling of love and gratitude I had ever known. My wife Sara and I were overjoyed.
Sophia was 5 lbs. 12 oz. when she was born, and by the time we left the hospital a few days later, she was down to 5 lbs. 4 oz. Weight loss can be normal in newborns, but over the coming weeks Sophia put on very little weight, despite nursing nearly constantly.
Then we got a phone call.
The call was from a lab in Seattle that processes the heel prick PKU’s that they perform on babies right after they are born. There was no warning. The call was out of the blue. The voice at the other end said we needed to get Sophia into her pediatrician ASAP as there was a strong likelihood that she had Cystic Fibrosis.
Just like that.
I wasn’t fully aware of what Cystic Fibrosis entailed, but I knew it was not good. My knees got weak as I stood dumbfounded in the kitchen, trying to come to grips with this alarming new possibility, and desperately trying to reassure Sara that there was some kind of mistake.