Local police and firefighters will put down their guns and hoses in exchange for bats and gloves to benefit a local charity. The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) will receive proceeds from the 8th Annual Battle of the Badge Softball Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 5 at Lake Park Softball Complex in Lewisville.
This year’s softball tournament will feature the Lewisville PD, Lewisville FD, Carrollton PD, Denton FD, Denton PD, Flower Mound FD, Flower Mound PD, Irving FD, and the Little Elm FD. The battle will begin at 9:00am until 4:00pm.
The Battle of the Badge was created and organized by the Lewisville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association as a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center. In past years, the event featured a single game between the Lewisville FD and Lewisville PD but has grown to include other city departments throughout Denton County. Family activities are always a large draw and will include a bounce house, clowns, a concession stand, face painting, and silent auction. Lewisville Mayor Dean Ueckert will throw out the first pitch at this year’s game.
“We are very excited about the number of teams playing this year, and we expect the best crowd we’ve ever had,” said Dan Leal, Executive Director for CACDC.
Last year, the Lewisville Police Department won their annual grudge match with the Lewisville Fire Department 8-7 to capture their first win in the head to head battle. Lt. Kendall Lynn hit a walk-off home run to win the game in the final at bat for Lewisville P.D. The Denton Fire Department won the tournament last year defeating Little Elm Fire Department in a championship game.
“It’s very fitting that the police and fire departments be involved in an event to raise money for this agency since both of them can be first responders to cases of severe child abuse that we would see at the Advocacy Center,” Mr. Leal said.
CACDC is a non-profit agency that serves child victims of sexual or very serious physical abuse. Services such as free counseling are also offered to the non-offending family members. The agency works closely with law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and sexual assault nurse examiners on the investigation and prosecution of severe child abuse cases.
Spectators can purchase tickets to the Battle of the Badge at the gate for $5.00 each. Children ages 12 & under are free. For more information about Battle of the Badge or the Children’s Advocacy Center, visit www.cacdc.org or call (972) 317-2818.