ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team will again face off against the Orono Police Department and other officers during the third annual Blue on Blue benefit softball game, beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 15.
The two teams play against each other to entertain locals, build community spirit, and raise money that benefits Special Olympics Maine, said Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing, one of the organizers.
“There is no admission fee,” Ewing said. “All proceeds from raffle tickets and food sales go to Special Olympics Maine.”
Gift certificates from Bangor area restaurants and businesses, as well as UMaine hockey items, are raffled throughout the game. There also will be an announcer, music and food, and UMaine’s mascot, Bananas the Bear, is scheduled to make an appearance, Ewing said.
“The game features a short homerun derby to start, and then nine innings of softball between police officers and hockey players,” he said.
The results of last year’s matchup were unavailable on Monday, but the first Blue on Blue matchup ended with “the Black Bears pulling out a come-from-behind victory,” UMaine’s website states.
The annual benefit game will be played at the University of Maine Mike Kessock Softball Field.
Raffle item donations, or monetary gifts directly for Special Olympics Maine, can be dropped off at the Orono Police Department 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. any weekday, or they can be mailed to: Orono Police Department, 63 Main St., Orono, ME 04473.