RACINE — Southern alumni will be gathering Saturday, February 16 for the Fifth Annual “Big Fooze Scholarship” Southern Alumni Basketball Night.
This could possibly be the last basketball game in the Charles W. Hayman high school gymnasium, and most certainly will be the last alumni game.
Alumni game promoters are promoting the event as a “must see event” for Hustling Tornado fans. Promoters also want to give Southern High School a great send-off as next year Southern will be playing in its new facility as part of the new Southern High School addition.
The format has been shortened to two men’s games to make the evening more fan-friendly. The annual event has so far raised in excess of $8,000. All proceeds benefit the Southern Alumni Association and the Hilton “Big Fooze” Wolfe, Jr. scholarship fund.
Students in first through fourth grades will sing “Stand Up And Cheer” with the band and Southern music teacher Chad Dodson will sing the National Anthem.
Students in the elementary will be admitted free.
Festivities are slated to begin with the girls game at 5 p.m., at the Charles Hayman Gymnasium. All female players and cheerleaders should report to the gym by 4:30 p.m. and all male players should report by 5:45 p.m. Most likely, teams will be divided up by odd years versus even years in their respective age groups.
The Hilton “Big Fooze” Wolfe, Jr., Scholarship provides scholarships to graduating seniors. Wolfe was a former Mathematics and Ohio History teacher in the Southern Local School District and also a basketball coach and longtime baseball coach.
Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for students. Students K-8 will be admitted free with a ticket given to them at school. Players and cheerleaders participating will have an additional $4 registration, making a total $8 commitment to play or cheer. Organizers note if “you don’t pay, you don’t play.”
Students singing or in the band will be admitted free with coupon. The two home rooms with the most attendance at the game will be given a pizza party.
Gates open at 4:15 p.m.
Schedule of Events
5 p.m. — Women’s warm-up
5:15-6 p.m. — Women’s Game (If over 20 players, a third 15 minute block will be added)
6-6:15 p.m. — Intermission, Cash Scramble by Home National Bank
6:15 p.m. — Cheerleaders Perform, Stand-Up-and-Cheer: Southern Band , first through fourth grade students
6:30 p.m. — 1999-and-down men warm-up
7:45 p.m. — 2000-2012 men warm-up