The fifth annual Cowley County Battle of the Badges will take place Aug. 19.
The event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cowley College’s W.S. Scott Auditorium, located at 200 W. Fifth Ave.
The Battle of the Badges is an annual charity event that pits fire and emergency medical service personnel against law enforcement officers in sporting events.
Past years have seen the departments square off in football, basketball and softball. This year will feature a pair of basketball games.
While in years past, proceeds from the event were given to the Shannon Seaton Memorial Foundation, that tradition changed last year, when the recipient was Arkansas City Police Department Capt. Mark McCaslin’s relief fund.
This year, event organizers have chosen the family of the late Coach Anthony “Ant” Brantley Jr. and the family of Coach Brian Shaw, who is battling cancer.
Brantley unexpectedly passed away earlier this month, leaving his family and the community reeling from the loss.
Brantley was a pillar of the Arkansas City community who coached many of the basketball players who came through the high school in recent years.
He had helped to lead both the Bulldogs and Bullpups tennis teams for the past four years.
Brantley died following the onset of a sudden heart issue and a short stay in the hospital.
He was just 38 years old when he died of an apparent heart attack.
Brantley was known for sharing his children with others, whether it be videos of their most recent accomplishments or photos he had taken with them.
Brian Shaw, head tennis coach at Winfield High School, is battling colon cancer and faces a long recovery.
His wife, Kristi, works at Cowley College and is the head of the Advanced All-Starz cheer team.
They have two daughters, Halston and Hadlea.
Brian Shaw was a state champion doubles player for ACHS and currently coaches the Winfield teams.
Battle of the Badges format
There will be two Battle of the Badges games played this year.
The first will be between a community team and a team comprising both police and fire-EMS personnel.
The second game will be the firefighters versus law enforcement. This game will begin at 5 p.m.
Adult admission will be $5. Students may enter for $3 and children younger than 5 will be admitted for free.
Advanced tickets are available for discounted prices at the Arkansas City Recreation Center.
Concessions and T-shirts will be available for sale. In addition, there will be door prizes donated by area businesses.