LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – They are players with a common goal – bringing home a win for their team.
The team, the entire city and many try to stabilize a record year of violence and increase trust between police and the public.
“Let them know that the police are human, they put on their pants like we do – just get out and mingle,” player Milton Ritchie said.
“This is another great example of community leaders getting together saying let’s get together and do something day in and day and LMPD saying that sounds like fun,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
A simple summertime game means so much more as the purpose comes from the heart.
“It does a lot for the community, especially when the people from the inner city show up and get to mingle with police and get a feel for how they feel about certain situations,” Ritchie said.
The Metro has seen 80 plus homicides since the year started and while it’s easy to say police officers and detectives have their hands full, so do the people that call the city home.
“They’re trying to bridge the gap – bring the relationship closer with the police officers and it’s nice to be a part of it,” Ebony Lindsay, another player, said.
“What I see in this community is everybody is concerned about this type of crime, and it’s not a police versus the community. What this game demonstrates is what I see everybody, which is the community working together to have a good safe city with fantastic police relations so hats off to everybody that is involved with pulling this together," Mayor Fischer said.
Making your voice count during elections was also on the minds of many.
Through it all, it was sunshine, softball and smiles while sending a message that community that plays together. This community strives for better relationships and a calmer end to the year.