GAINESVILLE - Local law enforcement officials took a break from crime to play ball. It was a full house at the first annual Heroes Hoop event at the YMCA in Gainesville on Saturday.
Members from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, and County & City Fire Rescue played an intense 20 minute game on the court to benefit the YMCA.
Sheriff Sadie Darnell said, "For people in the community to see law enforcement and jail folks in a different role. We love to get out and have fun; we love to get out a benefit a great cause. We're part of this community and we want to do as much good as we can."
John Bonacci, the CEO of the Gainesville YMCA said, "We wanted to show some appreciation for the heroes that keep us safe and at the same time we thought it would be fun to play on some of the natural rivalries that are out there in our community.”
ASO ended up beating both teams. Money raised from tickets and food sales will help the YMCA update areas of their building. 25 percent of the funds will go to the American Cancer Society.
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