Hope College Athletics will kick off the 2018-19 school year with a special men's soccer and football home doubleheader on Friday, August 31.
As part of the annual Community Day celebration, the Flying Dutchmen soccer team is scheduled to play a 5 p.m. match against Manchester, Indiana in the 2018 season opener at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
At 7 p.m. the Flying Dutchmen football team will face Millikin, Illinois at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium.
"We are so excited to kick off the 2018-19 school year with this soccer and football doubleheader," co-athletic director Tim Schoonveld said. "It will be a great evening for our students and both our football and men's soccer teams. With the Labor Day weekend, we think this provides us a great opportunity to partner with the community in a new and unique way and believe it should be a fun and exciting night for the Holland community."
Community Day celebrates the long-standing relationship between Holland residents and the faculty, students, and staff of Hope College.
Community Day debuted in October 1966 and subsequent Community Days have provided an opportunity for the city of Holland and Hope College to come together.
Ticket information for both the soccer and football matches and Community Day details will be announced at a later date.
The Hope-Manchester men's soccer match is part of the annual Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament that honors the memory of Dr. Calvin Bergsma who died tragically in a car accident during the summer of 2001. A 1967 graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Bergsma was a West Michigan urologist who was known as a kind-hearted man who cared deeply for everyone. Dr. Bergsma had family ties to and friends at both Calvin College and Hope College.
On Saturday, September 1, the Flying Dutchmen soccer will play Richard Stockton, N.J. in the finale of the Bergsma Tournament. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.