You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Police, fire to square off for charity


The Springfield Police Division will take on the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division on the basketball court as part of a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The first Light the Night Police vs. Fire Charity Basketball Event will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Clark State Community College gymnasium, 570 E. Leffel Lane.

Donations will be accepted for admission at the door. The family-centered event will also feature a raffle and a free throw contest. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Heather Davenport, a Springfield resident and leukemia survivor who’s been in remission for six months, said she’s on a team to raise money for the Light the Night Walk to benefit the LSS of Central Ohio. She was thinking of different ways to get the community involved and decided to have her husband, James Davenport, a police officer, offer a challenge to the fire division in the form of a basketball game.

“I thought it would be neat to get that rivalry going,” Heather Davenport said. “We wanted to find a way to get the community involved.”

Heather Davenport said Officer Allison Bennett, a former Kenton Ridge High School student who played collegiate basketball at the University at Buffalo , will serve as the captain of the police team, while former Kenton Ridge baseball player Cody Gleason will captain the fire team.

Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Heimlich said he hopes the game is competitive, but injury free.

“We don’t mind damaging egos, but we hope everything else stays in tact,” Heimlich said.

He’s also expecting a low-scoring game played near the basket.

“There’s going to be a lot of inside shots,” Heimlich joked. “There will probably be one or two show-boaters shooting 3-pointers, but I wouldn’t rely on accuracy at this point.”

About 650 people participated in the walk last year, which raised nearly $83,400 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio.

The third annual walk will be held on Sept. 21 at Clark State Community College.

Program Director Michelle Burris said the walk has generated more money each year.

“We’re looking to continue our growth,” Burris said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

These 10 big US retailers might not exist in 2018
These 10 big US retailers might not exist in 2018

Just four months into 2017, 10 U.S. retailers have filed for bankruptcy. Last year, the total number of American retailers that declared bankruptcy was 18. And, according to new insights from S&P Global Market Intelligence that were released last week, there are more to come. “The convenience of online shopping, and the downward pressure...
Dennis Kucinich in Dayton region tonight as governor run rumors grow
Dennis Kucinich in Dayton region tonight as governor run rumors grow

Dennis Kucinich, a potential candidate for governor and former Ohio congressman, will speak tonight in Washington Township, where he is expected to criticize charter schools as a drain on public funding and public schools. Kucinich, a Cleveland Democrat, spoke earlier today in Columbus, where he told the Columbus Dispatch, that he would not &ldquo...
Elton John cancels shows following release from hospital due to infection
Elton John cancels shows following release from hospital due to infection

Singer Elton John has cancelled all of his Las Vegas shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace through May after he was sent to the Intensive Care Unit following a rare infection, according to Rolling Stone. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace issued the following statement on its Facebook page Monday: Variety reported that fans who purchased tickets...
Whole Foods faced with possible takeover bid as shares jump
Whole Foods faced with possible takeover bid as shares jump

Supermarket chain Albertsons is exploring a possible takeover of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, the Financial Times is reporting, citing unnamed sources. Albertsons, which operates about 2,200 stores, is controlled by buyout group Cerberus Capital Management. Cerberus has had preliminary talks with bankers about making a bid for Whole Foods, the...
State cracking down on lead hazards in homes
State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

There are hundreds of homes in Ohio that have paint and other entities that are poisoning children with lead and state health officials want them left unoccupied until abatement issues are addressed. The Ohio Department of Health is working to compile a list of residential properties across the state that have unaddressed lead hazards. They are also...
More Stories