By Pat Pratt
Troy Police have a day of fun for the entire family planned this weekend, hosting the annual Kickin’ for the Fences kickball tournament Saturday, July 22, at Tri-Township Park.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and throughout the day participants from 16 teams will face off to claim bragging rights as the best kickballers in the land. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics and other charitable causes the agency supports throughout the year.
Officer Jennifer Hautly, who serves as the agency’s liaison for Special Olympics, says this is the second year of the tournament being back after a hiatus for a couple years due to the pandemic.
“We do it for the community,” Hautly said. “It’s a big, community, family-friendly event. All the proceeds not only go black to the Special Olympics but we have some other opportunities within the department – Shop with a Cop, Selina our new therapy dog. We are giving back to the community with it.”
In addition to the tournament, there are a number of family-fun activities planned. There will be a DJ, Snowy Sweets Ice Cream Truck will be on-hand at the event as well as a bouncy house for children. Police will also be raffling off what is described as a “wagon of booze.”
“The wagon of booze is to raise money for Selina,” Hautly said. “All the money raised will go back to her and our K-9 program.”
The event would not be possible without the many sponsors supporting it. Those include Time Out Sports Bar and Grill, Troy VFW Post 976, Kelly’s Butcher Shop and Deli, who donated all the alcoholic beverages and food. Ace Hardware provided the wagon for the wagon of booze and other local businesses also pitched in as well.
While registration for kickball teams has closed, the event July 22 is open to the public and all are invited.