There will be whistles; there just has to be.
The late Whitefish Bay football coach Jim Tietjen wouldn't have it any other way as hundreds of touch football players ages 15 and up descend upon Lubar Stadium at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, for an all-day, two-tier gridiron extravaganza/brain cancer research fundraiser.
It's all part of the Tietjen family carrying on Jim's ideal of giving back to the community and having football be a stepping stone to something greater in life. All proceeds from the event will go to Brain Cancer Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Tietjen's children, Joey (current Bay football assistant coach) and Jenny, are running the event. Bracketed competition will feature teams of 15- to 18-year-olds and those 18 and older. Each team has to raise a minimum of $100 to participate, and the team that raises the most money will win a prize.
There will also be a punt, pass and kick competition between games, a raffle, a cook-out and more.
Many Blue Duke alumni who played on Tietjen's teams are expected to participate.
Jim Tietjen passed away last fall after a short but courageous fight with brain cancer that was diagnosed in late summer just before the season started. He led the Blue Dukes for many competitive years, instilling them with 'Duke Pride' and creating an aura of excellence and toughness around the program.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Bay Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this spring.
The tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and attendees can bring checks to the event (write 'Coach Tietjen' in the memo section), or they can mail them to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Office of Development, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226.
Information concerning online donations will also be available.