Some local heroes in blue will don a different kind of uniform Saturday for a special night at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead.
The Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse will present the first annual Heroes Day, which will feature teams from the FDNY, NYPD, Nassau and Suffolk police and Port Authority police facing each other in lacrosse games from 12 to 5:30 p.m. prior to the start of the Lizards vs. the Hamilton Nationals.
The games will start with the FDNY vs. Port Authority, then Nassau vs. Suffolk, all leading up to the NYPD vs. FDNY match up. The winner will receive a trophy at halftime in honor of their dedication to citizens of New York City. The games hold extra weight as the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks nears.
Teddy Ames, lead singer of Livin’, asked to perform at the event.
“The band has a tremendous amount of respect for what these men and women do,” Ames said. “It’s a tough, tough job. It’s pretty remarkable what they face on a day-to-day basis, so it’s a real privilege to be part of their day.”
Those who purchase tickets to the Lizards game will have full access to every game. The event will benefit Lead the Way, a nonprofit that fundraises for disabled U.S. Army Rangers, families of Rangers who have died and for those currently serving.
The Lizards will also wear commemorative jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the game.
To make a donation visit: www.longislandlizards.com/heroes, and enter the promo code Heroes or call the Lizards at 631-424-2606.