NEW HOPE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s not quite football season yet. But you wouldn’t know the difference if you drove by New Hope High School on Saturday evening. The stadium was packed for a game against Madison County.
It wasn’t the high schoolers suiting up for this matchup, though. Former football players took the field to raise money for their varsity football teams.
“It’s a way for these guys to be able to give back to their former school and to feel that pride stepping back on the field one more time,” said Amanda Letson of Alumni Football USA, the company that organized the game.
Alumni Football USA uses social media to find former football players who might want to help out their alma mater and relive the glory days.
“Usually we find a few key players and they start calling their buddies like hey man, you know we get one more time to suit up and play,” said Letson.
Alumni cheerleaders also joined the players on the sidelines. It’s an exciting time for everyone, but especially for the men who get to lace up their cleats one more time.
“For these guys to come out and play again to bring their own kids, their own sons, their own daughter, to be able to see dad step back on the field one more time, it’s kind of a once in a lifetime experience,” said Letson.
Final score: New Hope 18, Madison County 12.
If you’d like to organize an alumni football game for your high school, visit AlumnifootballUSA.org.