BCS first responders take center stage at 13th annual Community Softball Classic
The game allows the community to appreciate their work while raising money for a good cause
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - It’s an opportunity for some friendly competition, but mostly it’s a way to say thank you.
The 13th annual Community Softball Classic at Bombers Stadium Thursday paid tribute to local first responders and raised money for a good cause. The game puts BCS firefighters versus BCS law enforcement for an evening of appreciation for what they do.
“It’s a lot of fun getting the opportunity to play side-by-side with some guys from College Station,” Bryan firefighter-paramedic John Adams said. “We run calls with them between the two cities. We go into each other’s city quite often, but now we’re off-duty, having fun, getting together, and getting to hang out.”
The Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce hosts the yearly battle that spurs the friendly rivalry.
“The Chamber of Commerce loves to do this event,” BCS Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glen Brewer said. “Our business community understands we would not be successful if we did not have our first responders - fire, police, and all our first responders - protecting us and watching over our local businesses. It’s just something we can do to let them know how much we appreciate them for what they do for us.”
The game also raises money for The 100 Club, which helps the families of first responders who are injured or killed on the job.
“I know last year we raised approximately around $4,000 to $5,000,” Adams said. “I haven’t gotten numbers this year, but I know it’s gone up every year, so we expect it to go up again this year. They do tons and tons and tons for us and PD, so it’s only appropriate that we use this opportunity to raise a little bit of money and give back to them.”
“It helps them be able to go to work every day knowing that if anything were to happen to them, god forbid, their family is taken care of by The 100 Club,” Brewer said.
Make no mistake, both teams are in it to win it, but Adams says it just feels great knowing the community comes out for them.
“The last I heard, we sold almost 500 tickets, which is amazing,” Adams said. “To have the community come out and see us out of our uniform, off-duty, having a good time, just showing them that we’re normal people just like everybody else, it’s a whole lot of fun.”
Team Hot Stuff beat team Cold Steel by a score of 19 to 4, extending the firefighters’ win streak to three in a row.
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