Third annual police-fire soccer game raises funds for pantry

TAYLOR — The third annual indoor soccer game between city police officers and firefighters will raise money for the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry.


Game time is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road.


Tickets cost $5, with all proceeds going to Fish & Loaves, a nonprofit organization that operates a permanent food pantry for residents of Taylor and surrounding communities. The church-based group has provided more than 500,000 pounds of food and nonconsumable products and is in constant need of community support.


Last year, for the second straight time, the soccer game ended in an overtime police victory in a game decided by a shootout. Game organizer and Fish & Loaves volunteer Bryan Cragg of Taylor said police officers and firefighters have competed in soccer, hockey and baseball — and it’s always a thrill for the crowd.


Organizers again are hoping for a huge turnout to support the public safety officials this year.


“People are still talking about last year’s game,” Cragg said. “These guys and ladies do so much for our community on a daily basis. They’re giving up their time on a weekend to put on a show for a great cause. Come cheer on your favorite police officer or firefighter.”


Besides what he calls “great competitive soccer between Taylor’s heroes,” the game
will feature members of the Detroit Ignition professional indoor soccer team. Cragg said the Ignition will supply honorary coaches for each team, perform a short demonstration at halftime, sign autographs during the event and provide giveaways.


Ignition mascot Scorch and the Ignition dancers will be on hand to sell 50-50 tickets.


For game tickets call Cragg at (313) 295-4950.