Charity flag football game pits cops against firefighters

The event is May 6 and aims to raise funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

It’s the ultimate showdown — boots versus badges.

Renton police officers and Renton Regional Fire Authority firefighters are facing off in a game of flag football to raise money for charity.

The event is May 6 and aims to raise funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The idea for the event was cooked up by Hazen High School Resource Officer Robert McGruder and ASB student leader.

According to McGruder, the event was first fashioned to be a community relations event, but they later decided to use it as a platform to give back to those in need.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go Seattle Children’s Hospital and help those who can’t pay their medical expenses.

About 13 officers and 13 firefighters have volunteered for the game. McGruder said the game will be eight-on-eight with substitutions and will follow city league rules.

While this is the first event of this nature to take place, McGruder said this could become a yearly tradition.

Come early and enjoy a tailgate party and games. There will also be food trucks present at the event. The Hazen dance and cheer teams will be present, along with the Hazen drumline and DJ Drew.

“We’re going to win. We’re going to defeat the firefighters” said McGruder.

The event is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Memorial Stadium, 405 Logan Ave. N.

Tickets for the event are $5 for kids aged 12 to 18 and $7 for those aged 19 and over. Kids 12 and under can get in for free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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