Residents are invited to support a good cause on Friday, March 13, when the Manchester Township Police face off against school district staff for a benefit basketball game.

The sixth annual benefit game will begin at 7 p.m. in the Manchester Township High School gym. Admission is $5, and will benefit the Rodney Copeland Athletic Scholarship Fund, founded in memory of the MTHS coach who died in 2009 at age 44.

The event has found great success in years past, raising $2,500 for the cause in 2014. Mr. Copeland, a lifelong Manchester resident, worked for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department in addition to coaching at MTHS. The Manchester Township Police is proud to work with the school district to raise funds for Manchester’s students.

Officer Chris Cerullo, who serves as the police department’s School Resource Officer at MTHS, organized the event and has been running practices in the weeks leading up to the game. The Police team is coached by Chief Lisa Parker and Ptl. Douglas Higgins.

“This event is a great opportunity for the community to come together, have some fun and support Manchester’s students. We hope to see everyone there,” said Officer Cerullo.