Former Pearl River Little Leaguer Alicia Brady was a student at Pearl River High School when she was killed in an automobile accident in 1992.
Eleven years later in 2003, another one-time Pearl River Little Leaguer and PRHS student Billy Kayser was also lost to a car accident.
Both of their memories are kept alive in the Alicia Brady-Billy Kayser Memorial Tournament which begins its ninth year with the opening ceremonies 9:45 a.m. Sunday at Pearl River Little League's Anderson Field Complex in Orangeburg.
The 11-day tournament runs through July 25.
The 2012 Alicia Brady Memorial Softball Tournament includes four teams -- Pearl River, Nanuet, South Orangetown and New City/Congers.
The 11-team Billy Kayser Memorial Baseball Tournament is broken into two groups. Group One is made up of Haverstraw, Nanuet, Stony Point, South Orangetown and Nyack-Valley Cottage. Group Two includes East Ramapo, Ramapo, Suffern, Pearl River and West Nyack.
The age group for both tournaments is nine-year-olds, though softball teams can have up to three non-pitcher, non-all-star 10-year-olds.
"We enjoy having the nine-year-olds play because it is the first experience in tournament play for most of them, and generally there is a genuine atmosphere of sportsmanship and having fun," said Gerry Cowen of the organizing committee. "That is consistent with the spirit of the tournament, which is a celebration of the lives of Billy Kayser and Alicia Brady, two young people who loved sports, but loved people and friendship more. Both of them were open and would make friends on other teams."
Cowen is joined on the committee by Bob Vitale, Anthony DiGiovanni, Gerry Mead, Sean Mead and Butch Lierow. Cowen said the tournament also gets strong support from District 18 as well as the Brady and Kayser families.
"The Kayser and Brady families have been the backbone of the tournament," Cowen said. "Diane and Jim Kayser (Billy's parents) and Helen and Mike Brady (Alicia's parents) and Eddie Brady (Alicia's brother) are here every day, working the kitchen, handing out programs and talking with families. Diane's sisters and their husbands (Lucille and Rob Fair, Roseann and Tom Clifford) are also here, helping to umpire clean dugouts, collect garbage -- anything that needs to be done. Kayser children, nieces, nephews, cousins-- you name it-- they're here."
The proceeds from the entry fees, kitchen and raffles go to the Kayser Memorial Foundation and Brady Memorial Foundation. Both award scholarships annually to students who display characteristics similar to Kayser and Brady.