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Play ball… for Olive.
When the Jamestown Old Timers Baseball Club contacted the Warren Police Department to arrange a fundraising exhibition game, officers immediately began recruiting.
The teams will play at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at Diethrick Park in Jamestown, NY, home of the Old Timers.
The event will be a fundraiser for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Canine Program and K-9 Olive.
Finding a suitable cause to donate to was the easy part. The police department does not have a baseball team. Captain Jeff Dougherty had to find enough people to form a team.
The law enforcement team will include players from the City of Warren Police, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County District Attorney’s Office, Youngsville Borough Police, Warren County Adult Probation, Pennsylvania State Police and Penn State University Police.
= K-9 Olive should be present and welcome visitors.
Eisenhower High School sophomore Caroline Smyth, daughter of Steve and Sherry Smyth, will sing the national anthem.
In addition to the cost of admission – a recommended donation of $3 to $5 – there will be concessions available. All proceeds will benefit the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Canine Program.
Deputy Joshua Warmath said that in addition to supplies, equipment and training, the program needed a ramp to help K-9 Olive into his vehicle.
Olive is a school resource dog, not a search or apprehension animal. Her job is to help bridge gaps, put people at ease, and defuse energetic situations.
His life is quiet and jumping in the back of a police vehicle is not his favorite pastime. A ramp would help.
Raising money for a good cause is a traditional activity for elders.
It’s not just guys getting together to play a kid’s game.
“The Jamestown Old Timers is a 50-plus-year-old non-profit organization,” said Old Timers treasurer Ron Thomas. “We have always wanted to give back to the community and especially to youth baseball. When COVID hit, it was difficult for us to find ways to keep the effort going.
The team found a way last year and set the precedent for a match between alumni and law enforcement.
In 2021, the team played against the Jamestown Police Department, raising money for the Tim Hortons Camp Day Foundation.
The rest of this match is tentatively set for Thursday, August 18.
“Last year we played a charity game with the Jamestown (NY) Police Department which went very well,” said Thomas. “It made sense for us to try to do the same with the Warren Police Department since the majority of our team is from the Warren area.”
“I hope this game will attract a good crowd and we can do it every year,” he said.