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Nashua police, fire to square off in charity basketball game

By DEREK EDRY
Staff Writer

NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department and Nashua Fire Rescue will square off this Friday at Nashua Community College for the inaugural Battle of the Badges basketball game.

The best of both departments will show off their hoop skills and fight for bragging rights at the college gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. The event will raise money for charity and for the NCC Criminal Justice Club, which was founded this year. ...

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NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department and Nashua Fire Rescue will square off this Friday at Nashua Community College for the inaugural Battle of the Badges basketball game.

The best of both departments will show off their hoop skills and fight for bragging rights at the college gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. The event will raise money for charity and for the NCC Criminal Justice Club, which was founded this year.

Jen Cruz, campus security officer and club adviser, said the event was inspired by similar sporting competitions, including hockey and softball, that has pitted Nashua's police force and fire rescue squad.

Half the money from the fundraiser will go to the winning team's charity of choice and the other half to the NCC Criminal Justice Club to use for other charitable purposes.

If the fire department wins, proceeds will go to support Operation Warm, which provides winter jackets for kids. Police will donate directly to the club if they win on the hardwood.

"This is our first time doing a big fundraiser like this, and we're just hoping people come out," Cruz said.

The club is considering using some of the money to buy tourniquets to give to Nashua police, she added.

Attendees will receive $2 off admission if they bring a canned good donation for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and the Nashua Children's Home.

Mike DeBisz, officer with the Nashua PAL (Police Athletic League), who helped make the event happen, said he is excited to pair with the NCC club.

"I think it's great that they've been able to get this going," he said. "It will be a great game, that's for sure."

In addition to the donations, the club will raffle off a ticket to a suite that can fit 16 people for a Manchester Monarchs home game, as well as concert tickets. They will also be selling ornaments and baked goods, with half the proceeds going to charity.

Nashua PAL will also host its own raffle, with proceeds going to its operation.

During the halftime show, the school's theater arts club will perform, and the Nashua Silver Knights baseball team mascot will join in a relay race.

Phoenix Screen Printing is also donating T-shirts to each department.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.