As a child growing up, I watched my father always help others,” Matthews Jr. says. “Here it is 30 years later, I could be in the mall, I could be in the store and somebody there mentions my name and people say are you Jimmy Matthews’ son? Then I will get a story about how my father helped them or someone in their family. My dad touched so many people as a police officer in the city of Waterbury. I never heard one person speak badly of my father. Not once. That’s a special person that can touch people’s lives like that.”
Law enforcement professionals wondering what they can do to help can register their teams and come play in the tournament. Others are encouraged to come out and watch. Sponsorship could help this organization continue to provide benefits to the community and law enforcement personnel.
“I’m proud to host it,” Roberts says. “Come out and support the game and bring a young person. Sit in the stands and cheer. Get involved.”
Michelle Perin has been a freelance writer since 2000 and previously worked for the Phoenix (Ariz.) Police Department for almost eight years. She has a master’s in criminology and criminal justice from Indiana State University.