Thursday, November 29, 2018

Baseball season may be over, but the NHL is showing their law enforcement appreciation!

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund finished off the 2018 baseball season on a good note, having hosted multiple Law Enforcement Appreciation events in July with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins. In August, we traveled to the Detroit for the Tiger's second law enforcement event this year, made a quick stop in Cincinnati and then it was off to the "Big Apple" where baseball fans received a co-branded Memorial Fund/New York Yankees baseball cap with their ticket package. We finished out August with the Minnesota Twins (special shout-out to Minnesota COPS Chapter, Minnesota Chiefs of Police and Jeff Beahen/Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association for making it a great event) and the Milwaukee Brewers on August 24.

Speaking the of Milwaukee Brewers, they sure know how to put on a ballpark-wide Law Enforcement Night, in partnership with the Brewers Community Foundation. Each ticket package came with a Brewers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin. Fans were treated to an on-field parade, special pregame ceremony and tribute video to law enforcement. Multiple honor guards participated in the national anthem honoring Wisconsin Law Enforcement. The Brewers also treated area law enforcement officers and their families to a hospitality suite during the game. Our thanks for the Taylor Goldman and the Brewers, Nate Catura/FLEOA Wisconsin, Milwaukee Police Association, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police, Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police and the Wisconsin COPS for their support and making it a great event. 

If that wasn't enough, September was just as busy as the Texas Rangers, in partnership with the Peace Officers Angel Foundation of Texas (POAF), hosted a law enforcement night which honored Texas law enforcement. Other teams who hosted law enforcement appreciation nights in September included New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals - who hosted two law enforcement nights - and the Boston Red Sox. Despite the rain delays in Boston, it was still a great event. Kids of area law enforcement officers were welcomed to say "Play Ball" to start the game after the pregame ceremony. Along with other in-game recognition, it was another successful event. Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the 2018 World Series. Special thanks to Carl Grider, Emily Ladroga and the New England COPS Chapter!

The 2018-19 NHL season has started and many teams are also teaming up with us for law enforcement appreciation events. See the schedule at Teams include the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, New Jersey Devils and the Vegas Golden Knights.

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