March seems to be all about basketball. March 1 will see the Cuyahoga Falls police and fire departments once again pitted against each other on the basketball court. The 2019 Battle of the Badges game is being sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital and will be played at the Woodridge High School gymnasium. This is the eighth year the safety forces of Cuyahoga Falls have fought against each other on the court to raise funds for the Falls Cancer Club, but the first year of playing at Woodridge High School.

"We’ve played at Cuyahoga Falls High School in the past, but this year we’re very excited to have the game played at Woodridge High School," said Bonnie Severt, committee chairman of the Battle of the Badges. "Because the city includes both the Cuyahoga Falls and the Woodridge school districts we felt the Battle of the Badges should be played there. The players are excited to be playing in their new gymnasium."

"We are extremely proud to partner with the City of Cuyahoga Falls’ safety forces for this fun and important fundraising event," said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. "In yet one more way, the brave men and women who protect us daily are selflessly working to help others in need, and we are honored to be a part of that effort."

The money raised from the Battle of the Badges will be used by the Falls Cancer Club to pay bills that have been amassed by the 74 cancer patients they are currently helping. These cancer patients are our neighbors, friends and family members who live in Cuyahoga Falls and are battling all types of cancers.

This family friendly game is all about the bragging rights; both teams are determined to win the trophy each year. The enthusiasm, training and practicing that they go through shows when they are on the court. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with tipoff at 7 p.m. The national anthem will be sung again this year by Nashville recording artist Eleni Kell.

Judge Amy Corrigal Jones is sponsoring the Police Team this year with Brandon Good as team captain.

"We are always happy to participate in a great fundraiser for the Falls Cancer Club. Our officers enjoy the spirited competition with the fire department knowing it will help so many people and we enjoy taking the trophy back to the station," Chief Jack Davis said.

Fire team captain Alex Cheronis said "Team Fire is always very proud to be a part of this great event every year. We hope to continue to raise more and more each year for the Falls Cancer Club. We are really hoping we can get the win this year too. The trophy has been gone from the Fire Department for far too long." Power of Design Group, POD, is the fire team sponsor again this year.

New this year, sponsored by Home Depot, will be a kids’ make-and-take area before the game. Home Depot will provide various types of kits for kids ages 5-12 (with parental help can also be for younger children) and will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Also for the kids will be a free throw competition held between the first and second periods.

For more information on sponsorships, advertising in the program or ticket prices, call the Falls Cancer Club at 330-929-2796.