Mark your calendars! Jason Hope has graciously agreed to be the title sponsor for the 6th annual Hope Battle of the Badges Flag Football game on June 18th at 7pm at Mesa Community College Football Stadium. Gates open at 6pm for an emergency vehicle display coordinated by Craig Fernandez from Rally Point Alpha.
All proceeds will go to officers in the valley who have been injured while protecting our community.
We need football players and additional sponsors to raise money. Please contact Jim Hill at James.Hill@mesacc.edu to play and contact Cindy Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship or donations! Thank you!!
Calling all law enforcement, fire, EMS, and military. AZLEOS is planning a charity flag football game in June for the AZLEOS 999 fund to support the officers recently injured in the valley. We need football players! Chandler, DPS, Phoenix, Salt River, Scottsdale, Mesa Fire, and MCCCD PD are all on board so far. Contact Jim Hill 480-695-2493 for details and practice schedule. We are planning a night game under the lights! We are also looking for sponsors!
Last night another Officer was ambushed and shot. 🚨👮🏽🙏😪. This time it was an MCSO officer on a DUI task force. Last week it was two officers ambushed and shot in Chandler. A DPS officer stopped a head on wrong way driver by running his car into them a few weeks ago. Please put Saturday night June 18th on your calendar to support all these injured officers. Play or attend. We need the community’s support. Mesa Community College Football Stadium. You can also donate online at Arizonaleos.com for the game. Put 999 in the memo line. All proceeds will go to help injured officers. This is personal!!
Football Community Policing Program – AZLEOS Code 3 Sports
Who wants to play football, be part of a community policing program that can have a lifelong impact and raise money for charity programs (Shop with a Cop and Triple 999 Officer Needs Assistance programs)?
In conjunction with Maricopa Co. Community Colleges District PD, Salt River PD and Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach & Support (AZLEOS), we are launching our first foray into AZLEOS Code 3 Sports.
The first sport for the program is going to be flag football (8-man with blocking.) The goal will be to have teams of First Responders and teams of underserved juveniles working with football programs at the valleys colleges/universities. The two teams will practice together and share the same coaches. The coaches will be college/high school coaches and volunteer college student athletes. After a practice schedule that will allow for sufficient bonding and mentorship opportunities between the First Responders, kids and student athletes, the teams will play the corresponding (adult v adult/kid v kid) team from the other locations. The season will culminate in a championship game to be played in a college stadium.
This year we are starting out with just two teams. One will be based at Salt River/SCC and organized by the Salt River PD. They will be working with kids from Salt River High School. The contact there is Edward Alameda Edward.Alameda@srpmic-nsn.gov.
The other team will be in Mesa at MCC and will be organized by Maricopa Co. Community Colleges PD and AZDPS. The contacts there are Jim Hill email@example.com and Chris Scott firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate that this team will be working with kids from Westwood and/or Dobson High Schools.
If you are interested in playing please email as soon as possible with which team you would like to participate.
*Mesa practices will start shortly. We will be holding them on Sunday mornings in the MCC stadium.
We are anticipating holding our charity championship game in mid to late May and it will be a night game.
*Eligibility for the First Responder team will be limited to active duty/retired Law Enforcement (civilian or sworn), full time EMS/Fire (sworn/civilian), and active duty/retired military. Based on space available we may open up participation to include; spouse, offspring and sibling in case a team also wants to compete in the Police/Fire Games.
Nothing teaches lifelong lessons like participating in sports. When you become part of a team you learn that your individual effort is meaningless unless the rest of the team performs at their peak ability and the team’s effort is meaningless unless you are performing at your peak ability. This simple principle is a guiding principle in the world of First Responders also.
When Officers respond to any call they must be the consummate team mate. They must perform their part of the call to the best of their abilities, while trusting that the other responding Officers are performing their duties at their peak abilities or chaos reigns and people get hurt.
Code 3 PRIDE Sports is a program that will build on the principle of teamwork, while blending in mentorship and instilling the drive to achieve more.
The program will be based on a partnerships between Colleges, teams of multi-agency First Responders, At-Risk Teens, Collegiate level coaches and current college players as assistant coaches.
Each participating College will host both a First Responder team and an At-Risk Teen team. These two teams will practice and scrimmage together and play under the same team name. The two teams will be coached by volunteer collegiate level coaches and volunteer current collegiate players as their assistant coaches.
As these two groups practice and play together the At-Risk teens, who may never have had the opportunity to play organized sports will not only learn those valuable life lessons of Teamwork, but they will also get to see First Responders in a new light. Mentorships will evolve all around; the At-Risk Teens and the volunteer collegiate players will have the opportunity get to know and understand the men and women behind the uniforms and perhaps decide that a career of a First Responder is for them.
The collegiate players will not only have the opportunity to be mentees, but will be able to be mentors and role models in their own right with the At-risk Teens. Many of the At-risk Teens will either have been told that college is not an option for them or have never been exposed to higher education. The collegiate players will be in the unique position to inspire the At-risk teens that not only is being a college student an option, but being a college student-athlete is an option.
After practicing together for 6 weeks the First Responder and At-risk Teen teams from each school will play the other teams from the other participating colleges. The season will culminate in a championship tournament for a trophy and bragging rights.