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BOULDER — The University of Colorado football team and University of Colorado Police Departement will square off against each other in a softball game on Saturday  in what is hoped to become an annual event by both sides.

Taking place at the East Mapleton Ball Fields at Mapleton Ave. and 30th Street behind Whole Foods, the game will begin at 3 p.m. The university community and public are encouraged to attend.

“I am honored to be a part of the inaugural event and committed to strengthening our relationship with the players representing CU on the field,” said Melissa Zak, CU-Boulder Chief of Police. “As evidenced by last year’s floods, whether it was Athletic Director Rick George assisting on the evacuations, student-athletes serving meals to displaced families or CUPD keeping the campus safe, we are leaders in our community and committed to strengthening the bond that makes us CU. I think these team-building events help us appreciate the responsibilities student-athletes have, and vice versa.” 

Officers from other local agencies including the Boulder Police Department and the Boulder County Sherrif's Office, have also been invited to play.  

“This is a great opportunity for our young men to establish a relationship with another entity on campus that is also very visible in the community,” George said. “There are all kinds of opportunities where the two of us can work together, so this can be a great start for some of our football student-athletes to forge relationships with our campus officers and hopefully be something we can build on.”

The football team will open Fall Camp on August 1 when the players report.  The first game of the season will take place against Colorado State in Denver at Sports Authroity Field at Mile High, 50 days from Thursday on Friday, August 29.