Friday, May 14, 2010

Play Ball: Richmond Police, Steelers Team Up for Good Cause

Richmond Police officers will trade their police uniforms for athletic uniforms tomorrow to take on current and former members of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team in a friendly game of softball.

Game time is 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at The Diamond. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and will be available at The Diamond ticket office.

The softball game is part of a series of fundraising activities billed as “Tackling Everyday Life” Celebrity Weekend, hosted by The James Farrior Foundation. Farrior is an inside linebacker for the Steelers and started the foundation to offer a variety of enrichment programs for young people, including academic scholarships, mentoring opportunities and sports camps.

Chief Bryan T. Norwood will, of course, be the head coach for the Richmond Police team, whose roster features Assistant Chief Dave McCoy and those in the ranks from patrol officers to majors.

Farrior has put together a team of Steelers including Lamaar Woodley, Larry Foote, James Harrison, Jerome Bettis, Casey Hampton, Max Starks, Chris Keomatu, Heath Miller, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Willie Parker. An autograph session with the pro ballers for game attendees will be held after the softball game.

Major Sydney Collier, an avid Steelers fan, worked with the Farrior Foundation to put the game together. “The Farrior Foundation is about community and youths and Richmond Police is about community policing. The two entities working together on this cause is a natural fit,” Collier said. “I’ll just have to root for both teams. Fortunately, with a charity game like this, everyone wins.”