Local officers to play former Oklahoma Sooners in benefit softball game

The Ardmore Fraternal Order of Police will be playing a team of former Oklahoma Sooners in a benefit softball game to raise money for injured officers and various other causes. 

Ardmore FOP Lodge 108 president Matt Miller said the softball game, set for Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., will be one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year. 

Three former Oklahoma Sooners have already committed to playing a team of local police officers, including All American defensive back JT Thatcher, All Big 12 defensive end Austin English and All Big 12 defensive player of the year Rufus Alexander. 

“People have been asking ‘Is it for real?’ and yes, it’s for real because we get scams and stuff like that everyday, but we are actually doing a fundraiser,” Miller said. 

The Ardmore FOP Lodge is currently seeking sponsorships and donations for the softball game, Miller said. Those who donate now will get a plug at the softball game in October. “People will get to see who does support our local lodge here,” he said. 

The funds raised will go towards daily expenses and bills at the lodge as well as other community events like charity golf tournaments — but Miller said he wants to use as much of the proceeds as possible to help officers who have fallen on hard times. 

“To help some of our officers if they get injured, should they end up in the hospital and stuff like that,” Miller said. “That’s what we look forward to using the money the most for, is to try to help out our own guys whenever they hit hard times and things like that.” 

Participation in community fundraisers also helps local law enforcement break the barriers of their uniforms and mingle with citizens, Miller said. 

Some members of the Ardmore FOP have played in a community softball league in the past and although they might not be pros, they plan to bring their A-game against the team of former Oklahoma Sooners, Miller said. 

“It’s something fun to get in the community and to have fun and boost the camaraderie together. We usually don’t do that well, but we have fun doing it,” Miller said. “We’re going to try really hard.” 

Anyone who wishes to donate can send or drop off a check or money order for the Ardmore FOP Lodge 108, Miller said. To find out more information, contact Matt Miller at (580) 399-4571.