NORMAN — The battle will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Norman North High School football field. Norman Police and Fire departments are holding their third annual Turkey Bowl.
The Guns and Hoses Turkey Bowl is a fundraiser put on by the police and fire departments, competing against each other in a football game, to raise money for a local charity every year.
This year’s recipient for the charity fundraiser is Compassion Pointe.
“Compassion Pointe was chosen for the work that they do in the Norman community, specifically for the commitment that they have made making a difference in the community and providing assistance to the homeless and battered citizens of Norman,” Norman police Lt. Chad Vincent said.
Vincent said the Turkey Bowl is a great opportunity for citizens to come out and support their local firefighters and police officers.
“It will also give them an opportunity to contribute to a local charity that makes a positive impact on the community on a daily basis. Also, both departments have outstanding athletes, and the game itself also proves to be highly entertaining,” he said.
In addition to the game, there will be celebrity coaches, half-time entertainment and concessions. The recommended donation at the gate is $5 for everyone older than eight.
The celebrity coach for the fire department is Jim Traber. Traber is a long-time sports radio host with the WWLS/The Sports Animal on 98.1 FM.
The celebrity coaches for the police department are Teddy Lehman and Dusty Dvoracek. Vincent said Lehman and Dvoracek are both former OU football greats and are currently sports radio hosts with KREF/The Ref on 1400 AM.
“All three were chosen for their involvement in the sports community and for the excitement that they will bring to the game. We are very appreciative of the support that they have shown to not only the Norman Police and Fire Departments, but to the Norman community,” Vincent said.
As for half-time entertainment, the Norman Dazzlers Dance and Drill Team will be performing. For more information about the dance team, visit www.dazzlers4him.com/index.html.
The Guns and Hoses Turkey Bowl was a collaborative effort by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 122 (Norman Police Union) and the IAFF Local 2067 (Norman Firefighter Union).
“Both the police and fire unions felt that this event would be an excellent way to accomplish two primary goals,” Vincent said.
The first goal was to raise money for local charities. The second goal was for Norman police officers and firefighters to put on an event for the citizens they serve.
“The Norman community has been very supportive of public safety and we thought that this would be a great opportunity to give back to them,” he said.
Last year, the fundraiser brought in just more than $3,000. The Norman Fire Department came out victorious in the “shoot out” with a final score of 33-24, Vincent said.
“Norman police officers have regrouped and developed a game plan that will essentially guarantee a victory,” he said. “I think the spectators will enjoy coming out and seeing the firefighters and police officers, that work in their community, engaged in a highly competitive event.”
Blue and red T-shirts supporting police officers or firefighters also will be available for purchase at the game.