N.C. A&T Police Department Hosts First Responders Basketball Tournament

In an effort to raise funds for the Special Olympics of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T State University Police Department (UPD), in conjunction with the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run, will host a first responders basketball tournament beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Corbett Sports Center on the university’s campus. The twofold goal of the tournament is also to raise awareness of the Special Olympics, its mission and programs.

The double elimination tournament is the UPD’s first and will feature teams comprised of Guilford Country first responders. Each game will consist of two 10-minute halves, a five-minute halftime and five minutes between each game. The tournament will conclude with the championship game.

Spectator admission to the tournament is $5 per person, (children 10 and under free) and includes unlimited access throughout the day.

Spectators will have a chance to participate as well. During halftime of the championship game there will be a half-court shot and 3-point competition, with a prize of a Sony PlayStation 4. The event will offer several raffles including an autographed basketball by University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, Carolina Panthers and Carolina Hurricane player autographs and many more. Each competition and raffle chance costs $5.

Special Olympic shirts will also be on sale at the event, along with various vendors and concessions.

The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the state in the Torch Run Relay final leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh. The 2,000-mile, month-long relay involves more than 2,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina.

For additional information contact Officer Hogbin at 336-334-7128 or dthogbin@ncat.edu.