Cops, students prepare for battle

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Noblesville Police Officer Chris Macy jukes a Noblesville High School during the annual Cops & Kids fundraiser flag football game. (File photo by Robert Herrington.)

Noblesville Police Officer Chris Macy jukes a Noblesville High School during the annual Cops & Kids fundraiser flag football game. (File photo by Robert Herrington.)

The rivalry created nine years ago continues at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at Hare Chevrolet Field as the Noblesville Police Dept. and Noblesville High School’s sports marketing classes team up to present the annual Cops & Kids fundraiser flag football games.

Dan Nicholson, sports marketing teacher, said the tradition started when NPD Officer Matt Johnston, a resource officer at NHS, was looking for ways to help raise funds for the “Shop with a Cop” program.

“I had no idea it would develop into an annual event that our sports marketing classes would continue to run,” Nicholson said. “The hands-on experience for our students provides a great learning opportunity that we could not provide in the classroom. The students are able to see both successes and failures during the process.”

The overall goal for the classes has always been to provide a fun event that provides fundraising for a local activity.

“The time and effort of the students has been amazing over the years. They enjoy reading the stories of the ‘Cops & Kids’ program in the paper and realizing they contributed to helping a family in need,” Nicholson said.

“Since the beginning, we’ve had a handful of officers that play every year. We not only enjoy the competitive part of it, but it’s more about getting the idea out and across about ‘Shop with a Cop,’” Johnston said. “Some officers playing in the game are the same officers that are out there taking those kids shopping.”

The games feature a team of NPD officers and NHS faculty against a team of students.

“The students are always making comments that they are going to beat us pretty bad this year. It’s always been a close game,” Johnston said. “Because we’ve grown so much we’ve built relationships, bonds with the kids. It’s more of a fun time than seeing us in a different light.”

Tickets are $3 and will be available at the gate the night of the game. Proceeds from the game are used during the holiday season by the Noblesville Fraternal Order of Police in shopping for needy children.

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