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Annual basketball game pits kids against cops

Rockwood Student vs. SRO Goodwill Basketball Game
Rockwood Student vs. SRO Goodwill Basketball Game

Rockwood high school students can claim bragging rights in the annual basketball game played against the district’s student resource officers.

In the annual Rockwood Student vs. SRO Goodwill Basketball Game, the students won by a narrow margin of 33-32.

Eureka Police Officer Brett Grittini said the annual event started in the 1990s.

“It’s a morale booster. We like to allow them to see us out of uniform and in a different environment,” Grittini said. “We give them a chance to beat us. They always do. I don’t know the last time we won.

“We play full court and their youth can get up and down the court better than our years of experience can.”

Grittini, with a “deep bench … as many as 12 players,” thought his team had a chance, but alas, the students won by a narrow margin of 33-32.

“Last year, we were winning at the half, and all the SROs were high-fiving, and the student players said, ‘Oh wait, there’s still another half!’ Then, they came back and blew us out.”

SROs and players share pizza after the game.

“It really is a good time,” Grittini said. “It started with just Eureka officers and firefighters, but we’ve worked to include Rockwood SROs from other agencies in the school district.”

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