It's that time of the year when people begin to start making their holiday plans. And for many local Pleasanton athletes -- both former and current -- that includes the Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer Games.
This is the seventh year for the annual event, which will be held Dec. 27. Two games will be played: men's and women's matches featuring Foothill and Amador alumni from the 1970s, '80s, '90s and 2000s.
The games are named after Ryan Gordon, who was a 2003 Foothill graduate killed in a boating accident shortly after receiving his diploma. Gordon, an avid soccer player, played for Foothill all four years and had planned to continue playing soccer at Santa Barbara City College. The original Alumni Games were organized to fund a scholarship that benefits a graduating member of the Foothill womens' or mens' soccer team who aspire to play soccer in college. Since the first year, all proceeds go directly to the men's and women's soccer programs at the two high schools.
The teams will be playing for trophies that will be awarded to the schools of the winners. The winning school will gain possession of the trophies each year. The women's game will be held at 2 p.m. and the men's at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Each game will be divided into periods for the "older" players and the "younger" players.
All gate receipts ($7 for adults and $4 for students) and snack bar proceeds will go directly to the programs.
Those interested in playing can get more information and/or register at All-Star Sports, 3037-A Hopyard Road, or by calling 846-7928. Another way to register is to download an application from the Amador website (www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/amador/) and mail it to Curt Gordon, 205 Heritage Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Gordon can also be contacted by phone at 426-1540 or 998-1481 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $20 fee to play. The deadline to register is Dec. 24.
There will be entertainment during each of the halftimes this year, and a post-game gathering will be held at the Hop Yard Alehouse, with 15 percent of proceeds benefiting the high schools.