This annual event
benefits the families of slain police officers or memorials established
in their names. This year's proceeds will be donated to scholarship
funds in memory of Sgt. Alane Stoffregen, who died last year during
a training exercise with the Chicago Police Marine Unit, and the 12th
District's own Officer Brian Strouse, who was killed in the line of
duty in June, and who had himself participated as a player in previous
years' benefit softball games.
"We had hoped
we would never be raising money for one of our own officers," said
Commander Dave Peters of the UIC Police. Much of the UIC campus lies
within the 12th District, and the UIC Police - a separate police department
with statewide jurisdiction - works closely with the 12th District
officers in serving the Near West Side.
A $5 donation
is requested to attend the softball game. There will be a raffle drawing
for prizes, and food and beverages will be available.