Law enforcement charity basketball game could be an annual tradition

By W. BRIAN HALE Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 3/24/20

The charity basketball game between the Walker County Sheriff's Office and the Jasper Police Department was a smashing success in not only the amount of money raised for the  Walker County …

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Law enforcement charity basketball game could be an annual tradition

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The charity basketball game between the Walker County Sheriff's Office and the Jasper Police Department was a smashing success in not only the amount of money raised for the  Walker County Children's Advocacy Center, but for the crowd it drew and the feelings it left in the minds of the competitors.

The contest raised over $3,500 for the Children's Advocacy Center — a local non-profit serving child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect.

T.J. Armstrong, media spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department, spoke on how he and his counterpart at the Police Department, Chuck Henderson, were amazed at the success of the event through the joint effort of both agencies.

"Chuck really took the bull by the horns so to speak and joined me in getting things organized — I really appreciate all he did, as we were able to look back at it afterwards and realize how much of a great time everyone had, from the players to the people in attendance," Armstrong said. "As much fun as we were having on the court, what made it complete was the fact we were out there raising money for such a great cause in the CAC and keep it here locally where the children in Walker County in need benefit from it. It was awesome to see both agencies come together and play."

Armstrong stated that the game becoming an annual event is something greatly desired by both agencies.

"We fully expect this will be an event the entire community looks forward to for many years to come —  being able to work together to raise money for charity is something that builds on the great relationships both agencies have with each other, as well as tying us close together with the citizens we serve," Armstrong said.

A rematch game next year would also allow the WCSO to claim bragging rights, which the JPD earned in the 72-61 victory.

"The JPD played a great game, they solidly beat us for those bragging rights. We finished in second place and they finished second to last — we're proud of that," Armstrong said. "We had a lot of fun, maybe next year we'll have a chance to beat them."