NH fire and police meet with buddies for 2017 Battle of the Badges
MANCHESTER — The Battle of the Badges began Wednesday with a sense of community rather than competition.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Manchester hosted the opening event for the 2017 CHaD Battle of the Badges, a baseball game between firefighters and police officers from across the state to raise money for CHaD. Each player is matched up with CHaD patient(s) and play for them during the game.
On Wednesday, first time players and returning players were able to receive their respective jerseys and meet with their buddies.
"It's great because I have kids in my family who have been in the hospital their whole lives with multiple surgeries so being able to step up and raise this money and do the best I can for these kids to hopefully have a better future," said Goffstown Patrolman Nick Roussel.
As the firefighters and police officers came into the room, they gave their buddies presents who in return gave them loving smiles. Buddy Day, as it is called, gives the players an opportunity to learn first-hand the stories of their new buddies or reconnect with ones from past years.
This year's event will be the seventh annual CHad Badges Baseball game. In the last six years, more than $320,000 has been raised for CHaD through the game.
"One of our firefighers saw what we did with the hockey program in police versus fire and thought that would be a great way to give back to the community with baseball," said Tom Gauthier, one of the CHaD employees in charge of Buddy Day. "He was a baseball player growing up so he came to CHaD with the idea. One thing led to another and here we are seven years and about $320,000 later."
The game will be Friday, August 11 at 6 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. It will be the first game to be played under the lights followed by fireworks.
For tickets, rosters and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.chadbaseball.org.