The Seguin Police Department has challenged the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office to hoop it up for a good cause.

The two local law enforcement agencies will go head-to-head on the basketball court to raise funds for a scholarship and, of course, bragging rights.

The officers and deputies will tip off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Seguin High School Student Activity Center.

Seguin Police Officer Alex Para brought the idea of playing for charity from the department he previously worked at — Cibolo PD.

“They have one against the fire department, but we did it as a food drive,” he said. “We did it as more as a way to get the community involved and as a way to meet the officers and firefighters to show that, ‘hey, we’re human too,’ and to see us out of uniform. Since I’ve been here in Seguin, I wanted to bring it over here and to get the community involved.”

Most recently, the Seguin officers had their first match as a team against the Schertz Police Department during their charity game.

While the local officers may have lost, the students who benefit from that game didn’t.

“It was for a scholarship and we raised $2,300,” Para said.

The officer is hopeful that through this first game, they’ll be able to present at least one $500 scholarship.

“We hope this is the first of hopefully many to come,” he said. “If we do it more often, we can give more scholarships.”

Para is already looking at ways to expand their efforts with future events, branching out to different sports, such as softball, as well as challenging other agencies to face them on the court.

He also is looking at potentially offering raffles during the games to raise additional funds.

“Right now, I’m reaching out to businesses to see if they want to donate toward a scholarship,” Para said. The school district was very kind and in allowing us to use their facility.”

Admission to the game is $5 for adults, $3 for students with all of the proceeds going toward the scholarship.

The officers will look at any applications they may get and award a scholarship at the end of June or beginning of July.

“Right now, we’re at the beginning stages,” Para said. “Hopefully, people come out and meet all of the officers and the deputies, and just have fun.”

Felicia Frazar is the managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com

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