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March Madness in Harford pits sheriff's deputies against ShopRite employees in charity hoop contest

March Madness in Harford pits sheriff's deputies against ShopRite employees in charity hoop contest
Teams of Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies and Klein's ShopRite employees will meet in a charity baskeball game Friday, March 27, to benefit the Edgewood Boys & Girls Club. (AEGIS FILE PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

A charity basketball game, pitting Klein's ShopRite employees against Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies, will be held Friday, March 27, to benefit the Edgewood Boys and Girls Club.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Edgewood club, 2002 Cedar Drive in Edgewood.

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Admission is $2 for boys and girls clubs members and $3 for the general public, with all proceeds going to club.

Spectators may also sponsor individual players based on a per-basket contribution, again with 100 percent of the sponsorships going to the Club; sponsor sheets will be available at the door and may be filled out until the game starts.

"It's a great benefit for the kids and the Sheriff's Office, and we thank Klein's ShopRite for coming up with the idea," Edgewood Boys & Girls ClubBranch Director Henry Harris said.

"We've never done anything like this before," Sue Gephardt, human resources coordinator at Klein's ShopRite of North Main Street in Bel Air, said. "Dean Waddell, who is a member of our maintenance department here at our Main Street supermarket, came up with the idea, and Dean also will be our player-coach."

The sheriff's deputies squad will be led byCapt. Stephen Thomas, commander of the Sheriff's Office Community Services Division,who has worked with youth programs in the Route 40 Corridor on behalf of the Sheriff's Office for years.

"We'll be selling refreshments, and there's a half-time hoops contest scheduled, too," Thomas said. "All in all, it should be a great evening and fun for all, and we really hope a lot of people come out to see us together in a positive light, and at a positive function."

"It's important to build positively on the way our kids look on law enforcement personnel -- here they see them doing something fun and beneficial to them," Harris said.

Klein's ShopRite recently donated $5,000 to the At-Risk Youth program of the Harford County Sheriff's Foundation.

"This is just as important," Andrew Klein, president of Klein's ShopRite, said. "Money helps programs, but seeing people actively participating in positive activities helps more," he adds.

For more information about Friday's game, call the Edgewood Boys & Girls Clubs at 410-676-1020.

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