The basketball game to benefit local charities is back | News
NORTH PROVIDENCE — After a two-year hiatus, the city’s charity basketball game is back; this time, instead of pitting police against firefighters, it will pit police against teachers.
Members of North Providence Fraternal Order of Police #13 and North Providence Federation of Teachers 920 will compete for eternal pride in the game scheduled to benefit local charities including MOMS of Marieville, a senior community scholarship, and giving back to youth sports, on May 12 from 6-8 p.m. at North Providence High School, 1828 Mineral Spring Ave. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
Everyone is invited to this free event, said organizer and presenter Justin Conrad, of North Providence, senior loan officer at Northpointe Bank Providence. Donations will be welcome.
There will be raffle items, food and drink, DJ Sal, and of course, the popular $10,000 prize for the person to hit a half court.
“It’s such a great event for our police officers and teachers to be in front of our youth and our families in a fun environment,” Conrad said, adding that everyone who participates in this game is dedicated to the community of North Providence. and want to see it be the best community it can be, “and that starts with those relationships.”
Conrad said it would be the third charity basketball game after the event began in 2018, but canceled 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic concerns. The first event featured his company’s staff versus local police, and the second was police versus firefighters. Previous fundraisers had gone to youth sports and the Tri-County Community Action Agency. This is the first year for the other recipients.