This is what they're playing for—not the trophy—but the memory of the man.
When Bolingbrook takes on Homewood-Flossmoor in a football battle for sole possession of first place in the Southwest Suburban Blue Conference, emotions will be running high, and not only because there is so much at stake on the playing field.
The Raiders and Vikings—both off to 6-0 starts—will pause during a brief ceremony prior to kickoff to remember one of their own—Alec Anderson, the man who served as athletic director at Bolingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor before dying of a heart attack while running on a treadmill in August at the age of 54.
The Alec Anderson Memorial Trophy will be introduced to fans during the pre-game ceremony—and awarded after the game to the winner of a rivalry that Anderson lived for during his all too short span working both sidelines. The helmet—painted with Bolingbrook's colors on one side and H-F's colors on the other—was donated by Riddell, according to a news release from the Valley View School District.