Hattiesburg police, firemen face off for charity

Hattiesburg police, firemen face off for charity

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police and Fire Departments will participate in the first Habitat for Humanity flag football game next month.

The event, which will be held at the Rock at USM, is on Saturday, February 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

"It's just to bring the camaraderie and the brother hood of those two units together and also.. to get the community more involved with what's going and get rid of some of the negative publicity that's out there about our local heroes that we have," Habitat's Laine Burnett said.

The game will help raise funds for the Hattiesburg chapter, which is currently finishing building its 64th home.

"We wouldn't be able to do it without volunteers, without money. Everything we do is hinged on that," said Habitat executive director Michael Pascarella. "This is a great way to combine heroes with Habitat. Talking about heroes being police and firemen, and volunteers. Our volunteers are heroes, anybody involved in nonprofits."

USM alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer Ray Guy will make an appearance at the event and will be available for autographs, and Judge Gay Polk-Payton will be the talent at half-time.

Tickets are $10 and are available now. Those attending that are 8-years-old and under will not be charged.

Tickets can be purchased at HPD, HFD or through any Hattiesburg Habitat employee, board or committee member. Online purchases can be made by clicking here.

For more information, contact Burnett at 601-582-4663.