LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Each year, around 150 police officers are killed in the line of duty across the nation. That's according to the group called, "Concerns of Police Survivors". Greater Lafayette softball players are using their talents to help support this organization, but more help is needed.
"We're trying to teach them and they're also learning how to work hard for a really great cause and to be positive and do good on the field and off of the field," said Indiana Magic Assistant Coach Marisa Newton. "We're really striving to build strong leaders in these young ladies just like the men and women that have given their lives for us."
A portion of the money raised during this event will be donated to the C.O.P.S organization. It provides resources to families who have to cope with the loss of their fallen heros.
The idea was brought up about five months ago and 11 teams are now signed up. This includes a team from Illinois. The goal is to have closer to 20 teams on board.
"It'll be great if we could just get a lot more teams signed up because this is a big deal," said Indiana Head Coach Clifton Frier. "I really respect the law enforcement and it's just a really good cause."
The tournament will be at the end of national police week from May 18-20. There will be an opening ceremony on the first day open to families of fallen officers. All families are welcome to come and watch the tournament and help raise money.