Thursday, June 30, 2022

First responders score big in charity game

The recent first responders charity basketball game allowed
several players to demonstrate the level of their skill.
Photo courtesy of the Romulus Police Department.
The scoreboard may have indicated their defeat, but the Romulus Police and Fire department players count the latest fundraising effort as a big win.

The public safety personnel, along with a few players from the Romulus High School girls' basketball team, generated $1,200 from a recent charity basketball game to help fund the annual holiday Shop With A Cop program. In addition to the game, the event included a raffle to become one of several city officials for a day, a chance to win a Nintendo Switch and several donated gift baskets.

Opponents of the police and fire teams were players from Royalty Empowerment, a program described on the group website as an effort to encourage youth to excel from poverty and help motivate others to overcome obstacles in their environment.

The mission of the organization is to bridge the gap between law enforcement in urban and underserved communities, officials said.

Explaining the 44-48 score, Romulus police posted an explanation of the loss on the department Facebook page. 

“The first responders gave a valiant effort but lost 44-48 to a worthy opponent, (editor's note - the sun was in our eyes, we were tired, the officials favored Royalty Empowerment, and we wanted to make sure they would come back next year). “Despite all of that, it was an awesome opportunity for us to (get beat) meet some great young people, laugh, and play some intense basketball. We look forward to playing them again in the future.”

More than 25 police and fire department officers volunteered to participate in the charity game along with family members who volunteered to help in the effort as “ringers” and members of the high school girls' team. 

Officers said they are hoping for a re-match next year.