2011-03-16 / Front Page

Freehold police raise money for N.J. Special Olympics

FREEHOLD — Members of the Freehold Borough Police Department played with heart and soul at the fifth annual New York Giants flag football Snow Bowl to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on Feb. 20.

Although the team did not win a game, their efforts benefited the Special Olympics.

The Boro Bashers ended up 0-4, but they raised $2,980 for Special Olympics, which was the goal of the event.

Proceeds from the flag football games that were played at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford will help Special Olympics continue to provide free year round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports to more than 21,00 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“Special Olympics New Jersey is an extraordinary organization that serves a very special need in our local communities,” said Patrolman Sean Healey, the president of Freehold Borough PBA Local 159.

“The men and women of PBALocal 159 are proud to support this organization’s incredible work by participating in the Snow Bowl,” Healy said.

The Boro Bashers were sponsored by Freehold Borough PBA Local 159, the Freehold Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment Marine Corps League.

Patrolman Shaun Hobbs said the Freehold Borough players had a lot of fun, but wished they had done better in the games. He said they played against teams that have been participating in the event for several years.

“We know now where we need to make adjustments. We know what to expect now, and next year we will do better,” he said.

Hobbs said the team’s goal was to help the Special Olympics and that goal was accomplished.

The team was escorted to the Meadowlands in a “tailgate Winnebago” that is owned by Robbie Bailey of Robbie’s Plumbing and Heating, Freehold Borough.

“The RV was painted blue with New York Giants logos and decals all over it,” Hobbs said. “It was pretty cool.”

— Clare Marie Celano

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