On May 19, 2007, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, two charity softball games will be played between two local law enforcement agencies, and Lakeland High football players against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The event begins at 2:00 p.m. that day, when a softball team comprised of Polk County Sheriff’s deputies will play against a team from the Lakeland Police Department. At 3:30 p.m, a homerun derby between all volunteer players takes place, and at 4:00 p.m., a softball game between the Lakeland High School Dreadnaughts National Championship football team and the “Alex Smith All-stars” Tampa Bay Buccaneers will commence. Then the regularly scheduled Lakeland Tigers baseball game will begin at 6:00 p.m.
This event is sponsored by Badcock and More, and all proceeds from the advance ticket sales will go to Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc., a non-profit organization set up after the loss of Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams and Diogi. Polk Sheriff’s Charities is a vehicle that the public can use to contribute money to the Williams family and other worthy causes, such as the construction of a PCSO memorial for fallen deputies.
Tickets are available at any PCSO facility, and at Lakeland High School. Tickets prices are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Prices include admission to the Lakeland Tigers baseball game that follows this charity event.