"Our friend and VBR Star alumnus, Burke Rucker, passed away over the weekend unexpectedly. We all knew Burke to be a passionate, loving, and loyal friend. He was a true gentleman who also had an incredibly fun and competitive spirit which was infectious to those around him. Many things shaped his life, including a wonderful and supportive family, thousands of people he would call close friends, and a Roanoke community in which he loved growing up. His 1975 Roanoke Star travel soccer team was also an important part of his childhood through high school, helping to develop his character and create friendships with people around the Valley that he still called brothers 30 years later. With this in mind, we have created a Memorial Fund with the VBR Star program (formerly Roanoke Star) in Burke’s honor.
This fund will help offset the costs of the program for an underprivileged player or players that might not normally have the opportunity to participate. We have set a modest goal of $1975 in reference to Burke’s ‘75 Star team that he loved so much. Please join us in donating to this fund in Burke’s honor, to help shine his light and spirit on the future generation of soccer players in the Roanoke Valley."