Law enforcement vs. recovering addicts softball game raises money for Cedar City nonprofit

WASHINGTON CITY — Local law enforcement agencies in Washington County will participate in a softball game with members of the community who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Event organizers aim to illustrate a positive relationship between two groups of people sometimes viewed as societal enemies, along with the important role that law enforcement officials play in helping those struggling with addiction find recovery.

“This event symbolizes the unification between those in recovery and the local law enforcement community,” said Lt. Kory Klotz of the Washington City Police Department.

Other participating agencies include the St. George Police Department, Adult Probation & Parole, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department. The law enforcement team will have players from all these agencies, and the other team will be made up of people who are in long-term recovery.

Ben Cloward has been clean from drugs and alcohol for over a year, and he is one of many people who will get the chance to play in this game.

“I’m just grateful for this opportunity to get to play on the same field as them,” he said. “They have played a huge part in helping me turn my life around.”

The game will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Canyons Softball Complex, located at 1890 W. 2000 North in St. George. Concessions will be provided and all proceeds will go to Hooked on Life, a nonprofit program that helps people in addiction find the treatment that they need. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

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