There was a time when they worked together, but this Friday, May 13, they’ll be estranged – temporarily. Employees with the Tallahassee Police Department and Tallahassee Fire Department will face off at the Guns and Hoses Basketball Game. Coordinated by the Police Athletic League (PAL, the game shows that it’s so easy to support programs for local youth.
The community is invited to attend this fun event from 7-9 p.m. at the Leon High School gym, 550 East Tennessee Street. There is a $5 entry fee for anyone over the age of 6, and concessions will be sold to support the Leon High School Boosters.
Spectators are encouraged to wear red to support TFD or blue to support TPD. Can’t pick a side? Special Guns and Hoses t-shirts will be on sale to show unified support. Shirts cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. All proceeds from the shirts will go directly to PAL to help youth in our community.
Setting the court on fire, the TFD Ballers will be coached by Chief Jerome Gaines.
“Our players will douse the competition,” Chief Gaines said. “To show support – in a one-night only appearance – the TFD Flames Cheer Squad will entertain the crowd and motivate our players to victory – an event you shouldn’t miss – not in this lifetime.”
The TPD Finest are set to strut their stuff on the court under the direction of their coach, Captain Rod Young.
“Using patience and tactics, the Finest will rock the court and bring home victory,” Chief Michael DeLeo said.
Despite the fierce spirit of competition, both chiefs agree on one thing.
“No matter what team gets the trophy on Friday, the real winners are the boys and girls who participate in PAL programs,” Chief Gaines said.
“On behalf of the hundreds of local youths involved with PAL each year, we want to thank the community for supporting this fun event,” Chief DeLeo said.
The Police Athletic League is a registered nonprofit. It offers recreational and educational programs to local youths, aged 7-17, in order to foster long-term, positive relationships through mentorship.
If you can’t attend the game but would still like a commemorative Guns and Hoses t-shirt, please call TFD Chief Kermit Washington at 545-8988 or TPD Sergeant Anitra Highland at 891-4302.