Cops and fathers basketball game

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This weekend, Miami Valley cops and dads will take to the court for the first basketball game of its kind.

Jamal Dawkins, from Fatherhood Is Power, talked about how the Cops and Fathers game came to be.

“We had a prayer event and invited the Dayton Police Department out,” he said. “They liked the idea, and their community relations officer reached out to us and said, ‘let’s do it!'”

The event will be Saturday, May 6 from 2-5 p.m. at Belmont High School. Admission is free. It is a family event with raffles and prizes, as well as a halftime money shot.

“We want to build a stronger community,” said Dawkins. He said often people complain about problems, but don’t act on solutions. He said they want to be part of the solution.

They will also be accepting can goods and non perishable food items for our friends in need. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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