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Deputy Sheriff’s take on Detroit Lions in hoops fundraiser

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: April 15, 2016


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Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Detroit Lions face off in 2015’s charity game.

The Ottawa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (OCDSA) will be taking on the Detroit Lions in a basketball game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Allendale High School.

The game will allow the OCDSA to donate school supplies to needy children in Ottawa County and two other local charities yet to be determined. Also, the OCDSA donates many free tickets to such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore, The Boys and Girls Club of Holland, the Michigan Special Olympics and Shields of Hope-Ottawa County, just to name a few.

Tickets are $20 per person, $35 per couple, or $50 for families and can be purchased in advance by calling (616) 392-1745 or at the gate.

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One of the players in last year’s charity game takes a football pose during the basketball matchup with the Detroit Lions.

In addition to the game, the entertainment will include a 20-30 minute “half time” offering spectators photo and autograph opportunities. The Grand Valley State University Cheerleaders and Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also be performing at the game. Concessions will be provided by Allendale High School Band Boosters and musical entertainment by Allendale High School Jazz & Pep Bands.

OCDSA hosts the game each year during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week to show appreciation to the more than 70+ correctional deputies and employees that work at the Ottawa County Jail. In 2015, deputies and employees from the Sheriff’s Corrections Division played against both active and retired Detroit Lions such as Herman Moore, Corey Schlessinger and Devin Taylor.

A significant portion of funds raised last year went to support The Deputy David Lee Steenwyk Memorial Scholarship (now known as The Deputy Dave Steenwyk and Deputy Matt Chatfield Memorial Scholarship).

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