Albany Police and Fire Department Will Face-Off at Halftime of Men’s Game

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (January 9, 2014) – Capital Region residents will be treated to three games for the price of one this Friday night at Times Union Center. The Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department will play an exhibition at halftime of the men’s game against Marist as a fundraiser to benefit the Greater Capital Region United Way.

The Siena women play Niagara at 5 p.m. in the first half of the MAAC doubleheader.

“We’re super-excited that Siena Athletics along with the Albany Police Department and Fire Department chose the United Way as the Charity to benefit from this exciting game,” Margot Anderson, vice president of philanthropy, United Way, said. “I had heard stories of a friendly rivalry between the departments, but for them to play in front of thousands of people at the Times Union Center, all while donation proceeds to the United Way is phenomenal.”

As part of the event the United Way, APD, and AFD have teamed up in a group sales effort with Siena College, in order to provide exciting half-time entertainment while giving back to the community.

“The Albany Police Department always enjoys challenging the Fire Department, and we’re especially excited after losing in Hockey last year, the only sport Albany FD has beat us in,” Steve Smith, chief information officer for the Albany Police Department said.  “We’re especially excited to do so, while giving back, and raising funds for the United Way. We’re looking forward to playing in front of a packed Times Union Center as well.”

Siena is dubbing the exhibition game as “Heroes Night” as area residents will have a chance to cheer on and say thank you to these two key components of the Albany community.

“The Albany Fire Department loves to give back to the community, and when approached, we thought this is a great way to raise some money for the United Way, as well as continue our streak of success following our broom hockey victory against the Police Department,” Joe Toomey, deputy chief for the Albany Fire Department said. “We’re excited Siena gave us this opportunity to play at the Times Union Center, as well as the United Way for allowing us the opportunity to give back to the community.”

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