The 11th edition of the Jake Walkup Memorial Alumni Game will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at Lansing High School.
The benefit was created after Jacob Walkup died in an automobile accident in June 2008. Walkup was a baseball player for the Lansing Reds. Shortly after his death, the Reds and the Lansing Cubs were scheduled to meet in a game. Michael Smith was the Cubs’ coach at the time and decided to turn it into a benefit for Walkup’s family to help with funeral expenses.
Now, the game is played as a matchup between current Lansing baseball players against the alumni. Alumni of all ages are welcome for the team, even Lansing baseball players who just graduated in May. Smith is the coordinator for the event and plans to play at 57 against the teenagers.
Along with the game, raffle tickets, T-shirts sales and silent auctions will take place, including a signed football from Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Proceeds from the game go directly to a scholarship fund in Walkup’s memory for baseball, band and football scholarships.
Smith is looking forward to the event.
“I always have a good time,” Smith said. “We have fun.”
This year will be the first time the game will be played at the current Lansing High School that opened in 2015.