Riverside, Rufus King alumni inaugural event to honor graduates

Past graduates from Milwaukee’s Rufus King and Riverside University high schools will face off in the inaugural alumni flag football game to benefit scholarships for students of both schools. The game, which will take place July 24, is modeled after the annual North and Lincoln high school alumni basketball game, which has been a community staple for more than 35 years. MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton will make comments welcoming participants and spectators at the game.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to raise scholarship funds to help the deserving students at two great Milwaukee schools,” said Dr. Ramel Smith, a 1990 Rufus King alumnus and coorganizer of the game. “Our goal is to generate community pride around two of the best high schools in the state of Wisconsin.”

At halftime, several public officials and community servants will be acknowledged for their efforts to make Milwaukee a better place to live and learn. The honorees include State Senators Lena Taylor (Rufus King) and Spencer Coggs (Riverside), Alina Cunningham, Scott Hawkins, James Wright and Governor Jim Doyle.

“Both Riverside University and Rufus King high schools have a great deal to be proud of in terms of the graduates they have produced,” said Dr. Demond Means, co-organizer and 1990 alumnus of Riverside. “We want to build upon the respectful rivalry between these two schools by coming together and having some fun.”

The teams will play at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Custer Stadium, 4300 W. Fairmount Avenue. The game will also include entertainment from DJ Infotek and comedian Chastity Washington. For more information about this event, call (414) 699-5570 or (414) 397-1452, or e-mail rralumni90@aol.com