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Bright Futures Joplin to Host 5th Annual Guns & Hoses Fundraiser

JOPLIN, Mo. – A charity basketball game, supporting Joplin students in need, is scheduled to take place this weekend.

Bright Futures Joplin invites area residents to attend the fifth annual “Guns & Hoses” basketball game fundraiser to support Joplin students in need, as well as Joplin first responders.

The benefit basketball game, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday (4/30), pits the Joplin Police Department against the Joplin Fire Department as they compete for a traveling trophy.

The match will be held at Joplin High School Gym (2104 Indiana) and local celebrity players will round out both teams.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are free for children and students, and $5.00 for adults.

Prior to kick-off, Bright Futures Joplin representatives will announce a new fundraising opportunity developed in
memory of Joplin Police Department officers Ben Cooper and Jake Reed.

Both Cooper and Reed recently lost their lives in the line of duty, so Bright Futures Joplin has committed half of this year’s basketball fundraising proceeds to scholarships on their behalf.

The annual scholarships will be awarded each year to two Joplin High School graduates who plan to attend Missouri Southern State University’s criminal justice program.

Recognition will also be given to retired JPD officer Michael Gayman, who starred in previous Guns & Hoses.
benefit games, and passed away earlier this month.

A game jersey will be draped over an empty team chair on the sidelines in his memory.

The 5th Annual Guns & Hoses Basketball Game Flyer.

“Our goal with this event is to shine a light on everything Bright Futures tries to accomplish throughout the year, while having a great time with our local first responders,” said Sarah Coyne, Bright Futures Coordinator Joplin.

“Bringing the community together to support Joplin students and families is our whole mission, so Guns & Hoses really is a great way to see it all,” Coyne continued.

Proceeds from the Guns and Hoses basketball fundraiser will support all Bright Futures Joplin initiatives, helping provide the basic necessities every child needs to do their best in school.

“Tonight’s fundraiser will be used in the donation center to provide things like coats, shoes,
underwear, school supplies, shampoo and deodorant. Without these foundations, many of our children are unable to thrive in school and would rather drop out than continue moving forward in such a difficult state,” Coyne said.

The funds will also support Snack Packs, which feed approximately 400 elementary and middle school students in Joplin each weekend during the school year.

Snack Packs are filled with stable foods to bridge the gap from Friday to Sunday until kids can get back to the stability of school breakfasts and lunches.

“For some of our students, Snack Packs are the only food they have access to on weekends,” Coyne said.

In addition to the basketball game, the event will also include a silent auction of themed baskets, halftime and timeout games, prizes, food trucks, concessions, donation opportunities and more.

In-person donations will also be accepted at the event.

People of all ages are encouraged to cheer on their hometown heroes and ensure Joplin students have what they need to achieve a brighter future.

Bright Futures Joplin is a community-based program that helps students achieve success by
matching student needs with resources through community partnerships.

The Bright Futures framework was launched in Joplin in 2010 and has since been implemented in over 70 communities nationwide.

More details on the program and its initiatives are available HERE, or by dialing 417-625-5200 ext. 2031.

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