The Arkansas City Fire-EMS and Police departments, along with their Winfield counterparts, are inviting citizens to take part in this year’s sixth annual Cowley County Battle of the Badges.
Battle of the Badges will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Cowley College’s W.S. Scott Auditorium, located at 216 W. Fifth Ave.
“This year’s event will be open to community teams,” states a post on the Arkansas City Police Department’s Facebook page.
“Get in some practice before Dodgeballalah this October!”
There will be two brackets, one featuring citizens and one for first responders. The winners of the two brackets will square off in a final round.
Citizens who wish to participate can register at the Arkansas City Recreation Center, located at 225 E. Fifth Ave.
Each team must pay a registration fee of $25. Individuals must be 14 years or older to participate.
There will be concessions available at the event, as well as door prizes. T-shirts can be purchased for $15.
Tickets for the event will be $5 for adults or $3 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Children younger than 5 will be admitted free.
Advance tickets are available at the Ark City Rec Center for a small discount.
As in years past, proceeds from Battle of the Badges will go to benefit the Shannon Seaton Memorial Foundation.
The Seaton Foundation is a memorial fund that provides grants to help with the financial burdens on Cowley County families fighting cancer.
It “fulfills Shannon’s legacy of providing kindness and comfort to her neighbors and community,” according to the Legacy Foundation website.
That website also provides these words from Seaton in a column she wrote in local newspapers as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
“…Having breast cancer has taught me to enjoy the days more, even when you’re tired. Cancer has not robbed me of my joy. If anything, I smile more,” she wrote.
“For me, I think, ‘Why should I give up my personality because of a disease?’ No, not today, not ever. I’m going to continue to be me through it all … at the end of the day, faith, family, friends and community heal a life. Thank you all.”
Seaton died April 20, 2012, at the age of 35 from metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.
For more information about Battle of the Badges, call the Arkansas City Rec Center at (620) 441-4300, the Arkansas City Police Department at (620) 441-6601 or the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department at (620) 441-4430.