Video added – 1-12-18 -FRHS CoLab Al Souder Tribute Video (Curtis Grube)
On Saturday January 13th, Fort Recovery High School will host Worthington Kilbourne High School in boys’ basketball.
Kilbourne is coached by former Indian star Tom Souder. Tom is the son of former Fort Recovery Indians boys’ basketball coach, Al Souder, who won the schools 1st OHSAA State Championship in 1970-1971. Coach Souder is presently in a battle with Alzheimer’s. The two schools and communities will come together for an Alzheimer’s benefit called The Longest Day.
Coach Tom Souder:
Everything about our game with Fort Recovery is what is right about High School Sports. Initially this was going to be a Cancer/Alzheimer’s Benefit as 2 of my teammates and their families have fought cancer and with my Dad having Alzheimer’s Disease. The gracious people of Fort Recovery (which will always be “Home”) have made this day an extremely special event for our family, our team and myself. Kurt Rammel and everyone else involved are going above and beyond to recognize and honor Dad (Coach of the 1971 State Championship Team) and the rest of the 1971 State Champions!!
We, at Worthington Kilbourne, are excited to experience the atmosphere of caring and respect that a place like Fort Recovery exudes. I am truly thankful and proud to respond when people ask me where I am from, FORT RECOVERY!!!
Admission for the game will be free of charge. However, donations will be accepted at the gate in honor of Al Souder and the Souder family’s “Longest Day Benefit”. In addition to the Alzheimer’s benefit, Fort Recovery will be honoring Al Souder in between the JV and Varsity basketball games.
Al is a great person and friend
Sounds like an awesome tribute to a wonderful man and kind neighbor!
I will be listening on Ft Recovery Radio for how to get my donation turned in!
Al was my coach at Paulding in the early 80’s. Nothing but respect for this man. Always led by example. Love him and Joyce both!
Coach Souder was my coach in three sports my senior year at Ridgeville High School in 1961. I found out where he lived recently and paid him a visit and he showed me his garage filled with mementos of his coaching career. Yes Coach Souder was a great model for his teams, school and community. He was one of my inspirations to become a career teacher and coach. I got a chance to finally thank him for his inspiration.