Occasionally, Westport kids run from cops. Earlier this week, they ran toward them.
And threw dodgeballs at their heads.
The cops threw them right back.
In fact, cops and kids were on the same team. They played with and against each other, in the Westport Youth Commission’s annual “Dodge a Cop” event.
Staples’ Teen Awareness Group co-sponsored the event. Students paid to play. It was a fundraiser for the Chris Lemone College Fund. Lemone, Staples’ outreach counselor and longtime TAG advisor, died earlier this fall.
The dodgeball tournament — held in the Staples fieldhouse — drew over 100 students. They came from every social group: athletes, actors, robotics team members, you name it.
Each of the 26 teams had at least 1 police officer.
As they hurled dodgeballs at each other — and shared pizza — it was hard to tell who had a better time, the cops or the kids.