Harlem Rockets playing basketball in Tazewell County, fundraiser for D.A.R.E. program

The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors made budget cuts earlier this year, to help make up for a $3.7 million deficit. One agency that received cuts is the Tazewell County Sheriffs Office D.A.R.E. program. But on¬†Thursday evening, residents across the state of Virginia and West Virginia can help raise money for the D.A.R.E. program, while watching the Sheriff’s Office play basketball.

The Harlem Rockets are traveling from New York City to Tazewell County to play a friendly game of basketball.
The players will face the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, with all proceeds from the game being donated to the D.A.R.E. program.

“Should you show up tomorrow, yes,” said Corporal Glen Keen of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m not that great and there are a lot of others that are going to get smacked off the gym. But the Harlem Rockets come and put on a great show.”

“There are going to be some students playing, teachers playing and attorneys,” said Deputy Landon Hieatt, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office.

Corporal Keen was in the D.A.R.E. program in the fifth grade and now it’s also a part of his life.

“The Sheriff we have today was my D.A.R.E. officer,” said Keen. “I looked up to him and I never thought I’d end up in law enforcement. I ended up being a D.A.R.E. officer.”

The game is taking place on Thursday, November 8th at 7.p.m. at Tazewell Middle School.

Tickets are $6.00 for kids and $8.00 for adults at the door.

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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