Men and women from our armed forces and law enforcement agencies are teaming up for a good cause. Boots and Badges is a charity softball game putting airmen from Keesler Air Force Base against members of local law enforcement. They will all be taking the baseball diamond tomorrow at 4:30 at MGM Park side-by-side with athletes from the Special Olympics. The three already teamed up for the torch run that crosses our Coast every year, but this is the first year for the game.
Representatives from Keesler tell News 25 they got the idea when they saw a similar game in Jackson with their minor league team. Project Officer for Special Olympics Major Ben Martin said, “Seeing the smiles that they get, seeing our airmen when they’re escorting them around and becoming their biggest fan and their biggest cheerleader, talking trash whenever their athlete’s events are coming up that they’re going to run the fastest, they’re going to throw the farthest, they’re going to be the big winners. It’s inspiring to see that in the athletes, it’s inspiring to see how fired up our airmen get.”
Pascagoula native and NFL referee Sarah Thomas will also play.
Tickets are $10 and can be found on the Special Olympics website at www.specialolympicsms.org.