(Photo gallery of over 175 pictures of the event at the bottom of this story.)
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams jokingly told Ozarks Independent before the game this officers would win by at least 20 points.
He didn’t know his estimate would be low.
The Springfield Police Department faced off against the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at Carver Middle School in a charity basketball game to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. The game was close for the first ten minutes before the Springfield PD pulled away from an undermanned GCSO squad for a dominant 96-62 win.
The GCSO only had six players available for the game, while the SPD was able to rotate in more players, leaving the Sheriff’s Department at a disadvantage, especially when they quickly fell into foul trouble in the first half.
The event featured an appearance from Missouri State’s Men’s Basketball team hooping it up between periods, including an appearance from former Parkview star Tyem Freeman (who couldn’t play because he’s still recovering from an ACL tear.) There were also raffles and a contest where two people from the crowd competed for donated $150 for the winner.
Greene County Sheriff’s Office K9 and Live PD star Lor gave the crowd a demonstration at half time of how they search for drugs and his human, Deputy James Craigmyle, explained about some of Lor’s training.
The GCSO did get a little measure of revenge in what should have been the free throw competition between Springfield PD Chief Williams and Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott. Because Arnott has a broken arm and was unable to compete, his place in the competition was taken by Missouri State Men’s Basketball head coach Dana Ford, who had no trouble outscoring the Chief.
The event raised over $6,700 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. The organization is also in need of “bigs” for over 65 kids on their waiting list. If you would like to give financially to help, or to find out how you can directly impact a young person’s life by becoming a big, check out Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ozarks website.
Here are some sights from the event: