Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, February 14, 2019 – Cuyahoga Falls police and fire departments plan to compete against each other in “Battle of the Badges”. This is the eighth year the Cuyahoga Falls safety forces will fight against each other on the basketball court to raise funds for the Falls Cancer Club. The event is sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital and will take place in Woodridge High School’s gymnasium for the first time.
“We’ve played at Cuyahoga Falls High School in the past, but this year we’re very excited to have the game played at Woodridge High School,” said Bonnie Severt, committee chairman of the Battle of the Badges. “Because the city includes both the Cuyahoga Falls and the Woodridge school districts we felt the Battle of the Badges should be played there. The players are excited to be playing in their new gymnasium.”
“We are extremely proud to partner with the City of Cuyahoga Falls’ safety forces for this fun and important fundraising event,” said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “In yet one more way, the brave men and women who protect us daily are selflessly working to help others in need, and we are honored to be a part of that effort.”
The money raised from the Battle of the Badges will help the Falls Cancer Club pay bills that have been accumulated by the 74 cancer patients they are currently helping. The cancer patients are our neighbors, friends and family members living in Cuyahoga Falls and battling all types of cancers.
Judge Amy Corrigal Jones is sponsoring the Police Team this year with Brandon Good as team captain. Power of Design Group is the fire team sponsor again this year with Alex Cheronis as team captain.
“We are always happy to participate in a great fundraiser for the Falls Cancer Club,” said Chief Jack Davis, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department. “Our officers enjoy the spirited competition with the fire department knowing it will help so many people and we enjoy taking the trophy back to the station.”
“Team Fire is always very proud to be a part of this great event every year. We hope to continue to raise more and more each year for the Falls Cancer Club,” said Cheronis. “We are really hoping we can get the win this year too. The trophy has been gone from the Fire Department for far too long.”
New this year, Home Depot will sponsor a kids’ make-and-take area before the game. Home Depot will provide various types of kits for kids aged 5-12 (with parental help for younger children) and will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. A free throw competition for kids will be held between the first and second periods.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with tipoff at 7 p.m. The national anthem will be sung again this year by Nashville recording artist Eleni Kell. For more information on sponsorships, advertising in the program or ticket prices, call the Falls Cancer Club at (330) 929-2796.