Annual Hoops & Heroes Charity Event, Raises $82K for Good Cause


Saturday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD), took part in the 2017 Hoops & Heroes charity basketball game. The event was held at Crispus Attucks High School of Indianapolis, IN, where residents, their families and Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett were in attendance for a greater purpose.

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2017 Hoops & Heroes Crew of Referees (from left to right: Ray Beverly, Kenny Ludlow, & Royce King) greet IFD Chief Ernest Malone. Courtesy photo/IFD_News

This year’s event proceeds benefitted the Julian Center and brought awareness to an important cause: domestic violence and sexual assault. The Julian Center is a safe place that provides shelter, support, and programs aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault. The goal of the organization is to help break the intergenerational cycle of abuse, and support survivors in their transition. DVAM-300x142With October deemed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), observers and supporters of the cause can often be seen sporting a purple ribbon to spread awareness. In what has become an exciting annual event, the city of Indianapolis came together to celebrate its bravest and finest, and their service to the community in efforts to continue to support this important message.

The Hoops & Heroes charity basketball game did just that, as the IFD and IMPD laced up to take the court, raising $82K for the Julian Center. The friendly, but competitive match-up ended with the Indianapolis Fire Dept. taking home bragging rights, 97-88, over the IMPD; the real winner being the Julian Center.


IFD Chief Ernest Malone (left), and IMPD Chief Bryan Roach (right) hit the floor for a game of HORSE. Courtesy photo/IFD_News
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IFD Chief Ernest Malone (far left) and Indy’s Bravest hoist this year’s Hoops & Heroes trophy. Courtesy photo/IFD_News

Congratulations to both teams and their committment to making the community a safer place! Thank you to supporters and all involved in helping raise funds & awareness to the cause. Check out the Julian Center for more information on how you can support survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

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