Lisa SalvatiJul 17, 2016, 9:14 pmJul 17, 2016, 10:45 pm

Local police officers play basketball against retired pro athletes in fundraising event

Contest at North Rockland High School held in support of 'Wings for Warriors'

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Retired players from the NFL and NBA played hoops with local police at North Rockland High School in Haverstraw to raise money for “Wings for Warriors” – an organization that ensures soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan get adequate healthcare.

“If our celebrity can bring notice to what we’re trying to do here, which is to raise money raise awareness for what our troops do for us, then that’s why I’m here,” said former New York Giants wide receiver Stephen Baker.

Baker helped Big Blue bring home a Super Bowl ring in 1990.

Before the tournament, former “American Idol” finalist Robbie Rosen, who hails from Long Island, sang the National Anthem.

War heroes, he says, a big part of his life.

“A lot of members of my family have served,” he said. “It’s definitely really dear to my heart. I’m always available to help."

And then, a flag was presented to the mother of Manny Lopez. Lopez graduated from North Rockland High school and was killed by a rocket grenade in Iraq in 2005.

Baker was a little cocky headed into the game.

“Obviously, our chances are greater at winning because we’re all professional athletes,” he said.

And then, he ate crow.

The cops came out on top, in overtime.

“How we prepared, I can’t give you the inside scoop,” said Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco.

There were no real losers tonight, though, as roughly $2,000 was raised for Wings for Warriors.



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