Charity basketball game, Joplin Police vs Joplin Fire; The winner is Bright Futures Joplin

Joplin News First

Corporate sponsor of the game is Roper Auto Group

JOPLIN, Mo. — On the scoreboard the Joplin Police Department won. However the real winner is Bright Futures Joplin.

KODE 12 Sports Director Ethan Schmidt played again this year in the charity game.

Both of my parents were police officers and my oldest brother was a firefighter, so it truly is a privilege to get to interact with our local heroes because I have spent my life looking up to my own heroes that serve and protect. As for the basketball I know if these guys skills on the hardwood translate over to protecting us in our everyday lives then we are all in good hands. 

NOTE: Doctor recommended EMS will be on standby with multiple ambulances. Defilibrators will be lining the court for reviving players.

Joplin Fire Department Station 5 was on standby in case needed in a medical emergency. They said they got to enjoy the game instead of needing to save co-workers lives, which was nice!

Bright Futures is a non-profit organization who assist students who might be in need of things like shoes, a coat, etc. Needs that might be able to be met at home.

When children’s physical needs are met then the academic playing field becomes even playing ground. It gives kids more of a chance.

We currently have over 7,000 students enrolled in Joplin Schools. Each one of them has a name, a face, and a story. Over 60% of them live in poverty, but they all have hopes and dreams, and each and every one of them deserves a bright future.

That’s where Bright Futures Joplin comes in! By helping to create important structures around kids that they need to be successful learners and successful community members, Bright Futures Joplin is actively addressing high school dropout rates and the future of Joplin students.

One high school dropout can have a ripple affect on the entire community through the loss of productive workers and more. Dropouts are much more likely than their peers who graduate to be unemployed, living in poverty, receiving public assistance, in prison, unhealthy, divorced, and single parents with children who repeat the pattern and drop out of school themselves.

Through Bright Futures Joplin, we can change dropout rates and reshape Joplin’s future by working together.


ORIGINAL STORY: JOPLIN, Mo. — Saturday night the doors open at 5:30 PM as these champions of Joplin face one another on the court.

The game tips off at 7:00 PM at Joplin High School.

Admission is $5 at the door. Or a maximum of $20 per family.

Bubba from GMFS chats about Guns & Hoses on Friday during his show.

Joplin News First is hoping to bring you part of the game! See you there!

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