Take a look, and see why you should be at the 1st Annual “Black and Blue Bowl” game coming up in a couple of weeks …
Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Detective Scott Chamberlain pitches the charity game he hopes will raise money for the families of fallen officers.
Story and photo by David F. Ashton
Portland area cops are tough – but at the 1st Annual “Black and Blue Bowl”, coming up on June 20 – they’ll get to test their strength and stamina on the football field against semi-pro football players.
After a pre-game show, starting at 2:00 p.m., the “Portland Enforcers” – comprised of law enforcement officers – will take on the North American Football League’s 2008 Cascade Division champions of the Western Conference, “The Blackshirts”.
Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Detective Scott Chamberlain told us how this game came about. “Myself, and the head coach and part owner of the Blackshirts, Sean Clark, were talking about doing some charitable event that would benefit the families and kids of fallen officers – specifically, those of the Woodburn Bank bombing.”
So, the cops have put together a football team to challenge the semi-pros, Chamberlain said. “We don’t have any ‘ringers’ – people we could consider as ringers have had sports injuries in the past, and are reluctant to play football.”
Funds support families of fallen officers
The money raised from this game will go to Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Chamberlain explained. “We think this is a good way to raise money for a worthy charitable organization. We really want to help the families of fallen officers.”
People can donate to the fund even if they can’t come to the game, said Chamberlain. “We’d like to see a good crowd at Mt. Hood Community College’s football field on June 20, but you can help by purchasing tickets, or donating at ‘Game Crazy’ locations – here at the East Precinct front desk, at Jazzy Bagels in Gresham, or at the Gresham Police Department.”
Tickets are $10; kids under 11 are free. “Mt. Hood Community College Stadium will hold 3,500 people. We hope to raise $10,000 – come on out and see us play.”
Mt. Hood Community College is located at 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. Call (503) 491-6422 for directions or go to their website: http://www.mhcc.edu/pages/1.asp.
© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News