Updated: Police – Fire Department Tournament Canceled
Prince William police say today’s charity soccer tournament is canceled.
*ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the potential for serious weather, the soccer event at Patriot HS that was scheduled for today is going to be postponed to a TBD date in the near future. We apologize for any inconvenience. Once a new date is set, we will repost the event with the info.
NOKESVILLE, Va. — On Sunday, police and fire and rescue departments will face off on the soccer field during an annual charity tournament.
The day of friendly game play will not only pit the fire and rescue team, which has never lost, against cops, it will also be a chance to raise money for the teams’ favorite charities.
In the tournament on Sunday, four games will be played at Patriot High School at 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The tournament winner will receive will 50 percent of all donations made during the day, which will go to the winning team’s favorite charity. Second place will get 25 percent, third 15 percent, and fourth place 10 percent.
The IAFF Burn Foundation, S.E.R.V.E, Operation Warm and C.O.P.S. will be the benefiting charities. Police from Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park, and fire and rescue crews from the same jurisdictions will play.
“It’s about building camaraderie among the two agencies. We work together closely and we need to have a close relationship, and this is another away fostering that relationship between one another. We’re working together, we’re ‘playing together’ so it’s kind of a like a family dynamic,” said Lieutenant Jarad L. Phelps, of the Prince William County Police Department.
If the police team wins, it’ll be a first for them. So, naturally there’s a lot of friendly “trash talk” going back and forth between the two teams.
And, because its soccer, having just seen the U.S. play and Germany win the FIFA World Cup has helped to fuel popularity of the sport. Phelps said that, while no one is playing on a professional level, soccer is a great way for the members of the teams to stay in shape.
A family affair, the event will feature a child safety seat check as well as family-fun activities.