Over 100 Staples High School students spent 3 hours last night dodging the police.
It was hard to tell who had more fun: the kids or the cops.
These dodgeball players are actually Players: Staples Players. Two days after closing “Mamma Mia,” they (and a graduated ringer) headed to the fieldhouse for the time of their lives.
The event was the annual “Dodge a Cop” dodgeball tournament. Organized by Staples’ Teen Awareness Group and the Westport Youth Commission, in collaboration with Westport’s Police Department — and held in the dodgeball-friendly fieldhouse — it raises scholarship funds for Chris Lemone’s children. The founder of TAG died 4 years ago, age 49.
Some teams were coed. This one was loaded with Staples athletes.
Nearly 2 dozen teams competed. Each included at least one police officer. Staples staff and community members served as referees.
When Dana Seymour is not a referee, she is a Staples security guard.
Despite an evening of hurling balls at each other, no arrests were reported.
Like athletes everywhere, there was some fidgeting during the national anthem …
… and then the games began. (Photos/Dan Woog)
Don’t mess with these girls.
Police and teenagers threw balls at each other’s heads — and cheered for each other — at tonight’s annual Dodge-a-Cop tournament in the Staples High School fieldhouse.
Sponsored by the Westport Youth Commission, Staples’ Teen Awareness Group, the Westport Police Youth Collaborative and PAL, it’s a chance for a couple of hundred kids and a couple of dozen cops to play dodgeball, eat pizza, win trophies, raise money, and hang out.
Teams came in costume. Police took off their holsters and cuffs. It was a great night for all.
Whether it’s Staples Wrecker blue, or the men (and women) in blue, the message was clear: Blue lives matter.
A typical team — with actual cops on the far left and far right.