Police to play in charity basketball games Jan. 22
By Leanora Minai
Police officers, teachers and coaches will face off in basketball games Jan. 22 as part of a charity fundraiser at the Durham School of the Arts.
The games, in which the Duke University Police Department will play, are part of an event for an organization that supports a camp for children of officers killed in the line of duty. As part of the games, a silent auction will be held.
Duke Police Sgt. Mark Faust will be among the members of “Team Duke” when it plays Durham School of the Arts teachers and coaches in the second game at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. For the first game at 6 p.m., the Durham Sheriff’s Office plays Chapel Hill Police; and at 8:30 p.m., the Durham and Raleigh police departments take the court. Admission is $5 per person; no charge for children 12 and under.
“It’s camaraderie – the brothers and sisters in blue for a good cause,” said Faust, whose son, Troy, is a Raleigh police officer and will play on the Raleigh team.
Other “Team Duke” basketball players are Police Officers Chris Belden, Vetus Brown, Sean Ray and Anthony Artis, and Security Officers Antonio Brown, Randy Jackson and Eric Lyons.
During this 2nd annual event, the silent auction will be held to benefit the children’s camp. Faust took vacation time to volunteer as a mentor to 8-year-old boys at the camp last year. “It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” Faust said.
Among items up for auction are nights at the Marriott in Durham and in Greensboro with breakfast; Carolina Hurricanes tickets and dinner for two at the Washington Duke Inn. Concessions will be provided by the Durham School of the Arts Booster Club.
Doors to the Durham School of the Arts, 401 N. Duke St., open at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22.