The Tuscarawas County Rockets will be back in action this Friday for a charity game featuring area first responders. (Submitted)

Strasburg, Ohio (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Special Olympics coordinators are sending off their successful basketball season with two final games for the community to enjoy. 

Richelle Lefler says the Rockets will be facing off against area first responders this Friday at 6:30 pm at Strasburg-Franklin High School to help raise money for future Special Olympics program. Lefler says she has already spoken to some of the EMT's and firefighters who say they’re are excited for this matchup.

“I know there are quite a few from Strasburg and New Philadelphia and Dover who are going to be participating in that, and then we’ll have our Rockets there, and that’ll be at Strasburg high school,” she says.

Lefler says they’ll be accepting donations at the door for admission to the game.

Strasburg EMS Assistant Chief Zach Bailey says they’ve been lucky to see the Rockets in action as they prepare to take on the state championship contenders. 

“We’ve actually been providing their medical staff up there for the games, so we’ve known them for quite some time now and got to know some of the players and stuff,” he says. “We decided it would be fun to actually get to play them now.”

On April 18th, the Rockets will host a friendship game with other care agencies at Strasburg High School to close out their basketball season. Admission to that game is free.


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