Everyone is invited to the 3rd Annual Zach Swan Memorial Alumni Game featuring graduates of Dunsmuir High School. It is scheduled for March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the DHS gymnasium.
The basketball game benefits the Swan Scholarship Fund, which provides a scholarship for a graduating senior at Dunsmuir High.
The evening includes family friendly fun with prizes and giveaways, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction from local businesses and more. As stated on the event’s Facebook page, “Help us carry on the legacy of an inspirational individual who meant so much to all of us.”
Zach Swan was a 2000 Dunsmuir High School graduate who went on to become a Physical Education teacher at Jefferson High School in Daly City. He died of a rare form of cancer at age 28 in April 2010. He was a standout in both sports and school activities at DHS. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 2006, where he received his teaching credential and BS degree in Kinesiology. He also coached boys basketball at Dunsmuir Elementary school, and he and Alumni Game organizer Anthony Congi were assistants together at DHS while they were still in college.
When Congi asked the first Swan Scholarship recipient, 2016 DHS graduate Alison Freeman, if she would write a few words about what it meant to her, she wrote: “Before applying to the Zach Swan scholarship, I had heard his name before, but that was about all I knew about him. It became very important to me to find out more about his personality and his story before I applied. I felt that if I didn’t take the time to get to know him, then I shouldn’t apply. So, I had many conversations with teachers and faculty at the high school who had known him personally. They explained that he was a great person, who was full of life, a dedicated teacher and an amazing friend. Receiving this scholarship was more than receiving money to help with my college education, it was knowing that I was recognized as someone with similar qualities to Zach. In the letter he wrote to himself, he said ‘at the end of the day, if your life ended tonight how content would you be with yourself after your final day. If you aren’t happy at the end of the day forgive yourself and strive to make the following day better in every way if it should come.’ Although I never knew him, these words of his will forever reside with me.”
Freeman is currently a sophomore studying dental hygiene at Oregon Institute of Technology.