August 1, 2022
Police officers, fire fighters to face off on basketball court
Springfield, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Fire Department will go head-to-head for kids facing adversity in the 2022 Guns N Hoses basketball game benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.
The police vs. fire rivalry heats up at 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 6, at Glendale High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. Halftime features the Missouri State University men’s basketball time and a game of knockout on the court for all kids who want to participate.
Presented annually by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the competition doesn’t start on the court. Both departments also compete to sell the most event tickets, supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission of building a community around the kids who need us most—those with single-parent households, have an incarcerated parent or are experiencing other difficulties. By matching kids with volunteers who can mentor them and simply consistently show up for them, we can change the path they’re on and change the future in the Ozarks.
Guns N Hoses tickets are $5 each (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased from the Springfield Police Department or the Springfield Fire Department. Tickets are also available at the door. Bigs and Littles get in free!
BBBSO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and United Way partner agency that believes that every child can succeed and even thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters supports life changing friendships between professionally screened adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles).
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support, which independent studies prove helps Littles perform better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and grow up to be productive, engaged citizens.
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Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters