Area law enforcement officers “Battle” it out for charity this Saturday

The Springfield Police Department and Greene County Sheriff’s Office will face off once again for kids facing adversity for the 14th Annual Battle of the Badges benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

This year’s event will be held the evening of June 15 at Carver Middle School and will feature the following special guests:

  • Coach Dana Ford and the Missouri State University men’s basketball team
  • Live PD’s favorite Greene County K9, Lor, and his handler Deputy James Craigmyle

Presented yearly by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the competition doesn’t start on the court. Each law enforcement office competes to sell the most tickets for the event to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks carry out our mission of building a community around the kids who need us most—those who are coming from single-parent households, have an incarcerated parent, or are experiencing other difficulties. By matching them with volunteers who can mentor them and simply show up for them consistently, we can change the path they’re on and change the future of the Ozarks.

Battle of the Badges tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from the Springfield Police Department or Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Concessions will be available for purchase at the event. Open to the public. Bigs and Littles get in free.

2018 Battle of the Badges


Date: June 15

Doors open: 5:30pm

Game starts: 6:30pm

Location: Carver Middle School, 3325 W. Battlefield Rd. Springfield, MO

BBBSO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and United Way partner agency that believes that every child can succeed and even thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters supports life changing friendships between professionally screened adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support, which independent studies prove helps Littles perform better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and grow up to be productive, engaged citizens.


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