LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – There has been plenty of good baseball seen at the Lumberyard in the past, but now fans will have an opportunity to watch some softball.
The La Crosse Fire and Police Departments will play each other in a softball game for charity on July 13. It’s called “Patriots Games: Guns ‘n Hoses”, the first ever charity softball game between the departments.
The Fire Department will play for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while the Police Department will play for the Justice for a Cure charity.
“The Police and Fire Departments don’t get recognized on the daily, so we wanted to do a big event that brings the community into it. It gets their charities of choice involved as well, and it’s just going to be an awesome event,” La Crosse Sports Commission member Jeremiah Burish said.
Burish credited the idea for a charity softball game came from Viterbo University Athletic Director Barry Fried, who had the idea back in February to help the community come together in a fun and safe manner.
“Once this all came together, everybody hopped on board and any time we can put together a collaborative effort that shows the community coming together, we’re all for it. It was a no-brainer and we’re excited,” La Crosse Loggers General Manager Chris Goodell said.
Western Technical College is presenting the event, and they will donate $300 dollars to the winning team’s charity.
“You look at Western Technical College, who produces and graduates so many of these folks who go in to work for our Police and Fire Departments, and there are many different angles here with people coming together. This event not only has a chance to start with a bang, but grow into something really, really big down the road,” Goodell said.
Tickets for the inaugural Guns ‘n Hoses game are $10, and are available for purchase at the La Crosse Police Department, all four La Crosse Fire Departments, and the Loggers ticket office.
Half of the proceeds from the event will go to both charities. A ticket will be good for the softball game and the Loggers’ regular season game against the Kenosha Kingfish.
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