Chicago police officers clashed with former pro-basketball players on the court this morning, getting slain in the process. Well, sort of...
The nine officers and group of pros were playing at Fosco Park for "Give Something Back," a food drive to feed needy families this Thanksgiving. About 100 people showed up, each bringing three non-perishable foodstuffs for admission. Proceeds were donated to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.
"This is our fifth time hosting this benefit," said Chicago police officer Eddie Chapman, who organized the event. "It's about helping out the community."
Former NBA players, and Chicago natives, Rickey Green Mitchel J.J. Anderson, Mickey Johnson, and Tim Hardaway were some of those featured on the pro-team. Also on the team was Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan, who played pro-basketball in Australia.
The show was entertaining, with many of the pros having a blast slamming the backboards, and confusing the cops with behind-the-back passes and fake-outs. Around half-time, the scored was around 50-23, pros. But toward the end, I think the cops got a break. The pros let them have a few free passes to down some lay-ups.
It ended not being too brutal for the cops, but a table full of food was the real goal. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.
Here's some shots:
The Chicago Police Department All-Stars
The Former Professionals chanting "1, 2, 3, Charity!"
Officer Eddie Chapman puts up a free-throw.