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May 15, 2018 > Battle of the Badges charity softball game

Battle of the Badges charity softball game

Submitted By Monica Leon

It?s that time of year when the Fremont Police and Fremont Fire Departments face off at the ?Battle of the Badges.? The charity event, which benefits Special Olympics Northern California, will take place at Ohlone Community College softball field on Saturday, May 19.

This special event is open to the public and we encourage our community to come and help support Fremont?s public safety departments! The event will open at 1 p.m.; opening ceremony followed by the first pitch will take place at 2:05 p.m. before the main event.

Fremont has been participating in Battle of the Badges for over 10 years. Typically, the event has been a basketball game, and on a few occasions a bowling competition. This year organizers opted to try their first softball Battle of the Badges after receiving requests from officers who played softball and baseball in college. ?Our goal is to raise funds for Special Olympics, so we are always willing to try new events in hopes our fundraising efforts will increase for such an amazing cause,? said Public Affairs Specialist Yanneth Contrada.

In addition to the exciting softball game, the event will feature between-innings entertainment, raffle prizes, a traditional 50/50 raffle, and an exclusive event geofilter for photo opportunities. Let?s not forget to mention the hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by Alameda County Sheriff?s BBQ team. Additional concessions will also be available.

Current raffle prizes include Oakland A?s tickets; Golden Gate Fields Horse Racing Turf Club tickets (12), valued at over $140; Rock and Jump basket; gift certificates to Dave & Buster?s, Strizzi?s, and La Pinata; a signed Sharks hockey puck; and a Raiders basket. More prizes are coming in every day!

All proceeds from the event will be given directly to Special Olympics Northern California to support the more than 300 athletes in the Tri-City area. Special Olympics programs help promote dignity, acceptance, and give people with intellectual disabilities a chance to fulfill their human potential. This special fundraiser was originally founded by the Leadership Fremont Class of 2007, an annual program of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about Special Olympics Northern California at

Two types of tickets are being offered for this event. General admission is $5 where you can sit in the bleachers (100 occupancy) or you may bring your own foldable chair for your comfort. The second choice is our VIP ticket for $15 (55 occupancy). With these tickets, in addition to the luxury seating, you will be given a limited-edition Fremont Police Department water bottle caddy. Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance (children under 5 are free) at the Fremont Police Department (2000 Stevenson Boulevard), Monday ? Friday, 6 a.m. ? 6 p.m., and Fremont Fire Administration (3300 Capitol Avenue, Building A), Monday ? Friday, 8 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Battle of the Badges
Saturday, May 19
1:00 p.m. ? 4:00 p.m.
2:05 p.m.: 1st pitch ceremony
Ohlone Community College Renegade Field
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 790-6689
Tickets: $5 general. $15 VIP, kids under five free

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