Organizer Marcus Woods has been holding Cops vs. Robbers charity basketball games for several years with proceeds benefiting various area causes. For this eighth matchup, the beneficiary will be Sparks Middle, Bailey Charter Elementary and Matthews Elementary schools. Money raised from the game’s ticket sales will help put programs in place at those schools to try to stop bullying.
Sparks Middle School Principal Andrew Yoxsimer will be playing for the robbers team, which usually consists of players with criminal or other troubled backgrounds. He said the money will be used to purchase materials from Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), a national initiative to curb campus bullying and other disciplinary problems. Yoxsimer said bullying has taken on new forms beyond the traditional locker room or hallway intimidation. A lot of bullying now takes place through Facebook, MySpace or wirelessly using cell phones.
“It’s really hard to pin down what happens,” he said.
The game will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday with doors opening at 3 p.m. The Evelyn Mount Community Center is located at 1301 Valley Road in Reno. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for students and free for anyone age 7 and younger. Tickets can be purchased by calling Woods at 378-8792 or at the door.