Long Island police officers play in basketball tournament to raise money for kids in need

The Suffolk County Police Department will play against the Nassau County Police Department and New York State Police will go against the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

News 12 Staff

Apr 8, 2023, 10:33 AM

Updated 469 days ago

Share:

Police officers across Long Island competed against each other for a worthy cause Saturday at the second annual Child Advocacy Basketball Tournament in Hempstead.
They played to raise awareness and money to help protect children in Suffolk County. The game was held at Island Garden on Cherry Valley Avenue in West Hempstead.
"Everybody's a winner because everybody came here to support a great cause. So at the end of the day, we're all winners," said Andrea Ramos-Topper, division director of EAC Network.
The Suffolk County Police Department played against the Nassau County Police Department and New York State Police went against the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.
"This is what we do in law enforcement. We help people. Everybody here raised their right hand and said, 'I'm here to protect and serve and make sure we help people who are being victimized,'" said Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.
All funds raised at the event will benefit EAC Network's Suffolk Child Advocacy Center. The name of the network stands for empower, assist, care.
"We provide a child friendly, neutral and safe environment where children who are victims of sexual abuse can be brought to be interviewed, to be medically examined," Ramos-Topper said.
In the tournament, Suffolk County police and New York State Police were victorious. But the officers said it did not matter who won or lost because it was all about the children.
"We put a charity game together for the Child Advocacy Center of Long Island…A really great time. Great cause," said New York State Police Department Lt. Joshua Stahl.
The EAC Network said an event like this brings them one step closer to reducing the revictimization of child sexual and physical abuse and increasing the help they can give to families dealing with this crisis.
Anyone in need of these services can visit the EAC Network website.


More from News 12
0:56
Plans for cell tower in West Islip struck down by state officials

Plans for cell tower in West Islip struck down by state officials

2:06
Sun, clouds and an isolated afternoon shower on Long Island

Sun, clouds and an isolated afternoon shower on Long Island

0:19
Police: Brooklyn man arrested for unlawful possession of gun, knife following traffic stop in Woodbury

Police: Brooklyn man arrested for unlawful possession of gun, knife following traffic stop in Woodbury

0:49
Global technology outage causes flight delays, cancellations on Long Island

Global technology outage causes flight delays, cancellations on Long Island

0:15
Police: Senior woman hit by car, seriously injured in Commack parking lot

Police: Senior woman hit by car, seriously injured in Commack parking lot

0:19
Police: Dirt bike rider killed in East Patchogue crash

Police: Dirt bike rider killed in East Patchogue crash

1:41
 Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

2:29
Long Island residents face a myriad of issues due to global tech outage

Long Island residents face a myriad of issues due to global tech outage

0:29
Police: Motorcyclist killed after striking NICE bus in Lynbrook

Police: Motorcyclist killed after striking NICE bus in Lynbrook

0:41
Prosecutors: Driver had BAC twice the legal limit during fatal Deer Park nail salon crash

Prosecutors: Driver had BAC twice the legal limit during fatal Deer Park nail salon crash

2:21
Massive technology outage impacts LaGuardia Airport

Massive technology outage impacts LaGuardia Airport

0:28
Police: Hauppauge crash causes fuel spill on Motor Parkway

Police: Hauppauge crash causes fuel spill on Motor Parkway

0:35
North Merrick Library hosts Pokémon event with cards, crafts and characters

North Merrick Library hosts Pokémon event with cards, crafts and characters

2:01
‘You do have shared vulnerabilities.’ Security experts explain risks associated with global IT outage

‘You do have shared vulnerabilities.’ Security experts explain risks associated with global IT outage

1:30
Students take part federal court program in Central Islip

Students take part federal court program in Central Islip

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

5:00
Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Northwell Health activates emergency operations center amid technology outage, NYU Langone remains open

Northwell Health activates emergency operations center amid technology outage, NYU Langone remains open

Prosecutors: Bellport woman indicted for alleged hit-and-run crash that killed volunteer firefighter

Prosecutors: Bellport woman indicted for alleged hit-and-run crash that killed volunteer firefighter

2:27
Food Truck Friday: Roxy's Ice Cream Truck

Food Truck Friday: Roxy's Ice Cream Truck