First responder game brings community together

CHOCOWINITY, NC (WNCT)- Nearly a thousand people packed Southside High School on Saturday for the 2nd annual First Responders Goodwill game.

First responders from all over Beaufort County played the Harlem Ambassadors, a professional show basketball team.

All the proceeds from the event benefit the Beaufort County Police Activities League.

“This event is to demonstrate to the people in the community, both youth and adults, the camaraderie and spirit that all the first responders in this area have,” event coordinator Alvin Powell said. “Trying to get them to know one another when there’s not an adversarial situation.”

Parent Teddrick Minor said, “I think it’s great for the kids to have something to come out and do and it’s something good for the community, getting everybody together.”

“It was just for fun, it was for everybody to come out and have fun, and that’s what we did we had fun,” Kasyiae Manning said.

The first responders team was made up of people from the Washington Police Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office, the Coast Guard, the Washington Fire Department, and various EMT’s.

“I hope that the folks will continue to show their support for the first repsonders and I hope some of the kids in the audience will consider careers in first responders, stay in school, stay physically fit, and stay out of trouble,” Powell said.

“I think everybody had a good time and I think they can’t wait till they come back and do it again,” Minor said.

The Beaufort County Police Activities League strives to improve the relationship between youth, the community, and law enforcement. It also teaches kids the importance of STEM.

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