FACE-OFF — Rome Free Academy varsity basketball coach Nick Medicis faces off against Police Officer Nick Martin in a preview of the upcoming charity basketball game on Jan. 13.(Photo submitted)

Cops vs. Coaches event to benefit program for disadvantaged kids

Published Jan 2, 2018 at 4:00pm

The boys and girls in blue will return to the hardwood to hold on to their title later this month in the second annual Cops vs. Coaches charity basketball game.

Officers of the Rome Police Department will take on coaches and faculty members from the Rome City School District at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Rome Free Academy gymnasium. All proceeds will go to benefit the department’s Shop with a Cop holiday charity.

“Anytime we can get out and be involved in something that is not police-related is beneficial for our relationship with the public,” said Police Chief Kevin C. Beach, who will be suiting up as a member of the team again this year.

“That’s what it’s really about, getting out there and in the community and having fun.”

This is the fourth year the police department has hosted a charity basketball game, and the second year they have gone up against members of the school district. Beach said his officers won against the coaches last year.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students and children ages 12 and under are free.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Law Enforcement Building on North James Street, Rome Free Academy, City Hall, the Rome Chamber of Commerce, First Source Credit Union and AmeriCU.

The Rome Police Department’s Shop With a Cop program benefits dozens of local children each year, matching a disadvantaged child with a member of the Rome Police Department who accompanies the child on a shopping trip to a local store. In addition to providing the child with holiday presents, clothes and other items, it also helps connect the youth with positive role models in the community, officials say.