(WBRE/ WYOU)- There was a show down this evening between cops and high school seniors in the Poconos, but this was a friendly one.
It was the fourth annual Cops vs. Students Basketball Game.
“I think we will be able to dominate and beat them,” Miranda Mascia, played against the cops said.
With a 60 to 59 final score, Pocono Mountain West High School senior athletes didn’t quite demolish the Pocono Mountain Regional police officers. But they took home the win for the fourth year in a row.
“It is great that we have a resource officer like Officer Wile, Who is willing to do this with us and get together a group from the police officers to play with us,” Miranda mascia, who played against the cops said.
This is more than just a friendly basketball game between students and cops. It’s a way for them to get to know each other, build trust and see each other in a different light.
The players had their game faces on the court, but off the court school resource officer, Jason Wile spends time working out with them and building a one-on-one relationship.
“They are going to be the adults that we are working with. I feel like building that relationship now is going to benefit us in the future,” Wile said.
Having this type of interaction allows students to see more than just the badge police wear.
“That’s basically their uniform. There are people underneath that…They are all nice people. They have pretty good intentions. Especially the ones that are in our school building,” Alessia Intravaia, sophomore student and event organizer said.
“I think it is really important that cops, and student and parents, families come together and see how we can act as one. We don’t have to be on two different sides. We can work as a unit,” Madison Moore, sophomore and event organizer said.
Senior athletes get nominated to play against the police officers.
Wile says it gives younger classes something to look forward to.
“It gets them asking. It gets them talking to you. Building that relationship off the court and in the school itself,” Wile said.
Officer Wile was hoping for a better turn out in the crowd, but says everyone has fun regardless.
This was also a fundraising event. The money will go towards helping students get glasses who cannot afford them.