First responders return to the diamond Aug. 26 to support Dartmouth Health Children’s

Buddy Izayiah visits his Badges Baseball player, Manchester firefighter Adam Langlois
Dartmouth Health Children’s Buddy Izayiah visits his Badges Baseball player, Manchester firefighter Adam Langlois, for a tour of the fire station.

New Hampshire’s police officers and firefighters are hitting up the batting cages, donning new helmets, and suiting up to support Dartmouth Health Children’s and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD). The teams will hit the diamond on Friday, August 26 at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester for the 2022 CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic.

Year over year, rosters continue to grow as more first responders turn out in support of Dartmouth Health Children’s. With its largest roster yet, Team Fire will be looking to pull out a win, putting a stop to Team Police’s four-year winning streak. Team Police currently leads the series 7-3.

Team Fire will be led by Manchester’s Jon Lopez, returning as coach for his second year. He will be assisted by Durham’s Pete Leavitt. Walpole’s Adam Kobeski will serve as captain and will help Lopez and Leavitt lead a team of 30, including 10 rookies, from 19 departments throughout the state.

Team Police is led by co-captains Steve Case of the New Boston Police Department and Ed Shaughnessy of the Bradford and Sunapee Police Departments. Team Police’s roster sits at 25, including Case and Shaughnessy, and includes six rookies, with 21 departments represented.

In addition to playing in the game, each player commits to fundraise a minimum of $1,300 to support the children, families and programs at Dartmouth Health Children’s.

All tickets are general admission, and are $15 for those aged 6 and up. Children 5 and under are free.

Additional game details, tickets, full rosters, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found at CHaDBaseball.org.

Since the CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic’s inaugural game in 2011, more than $775,000 has been raised for the children, families and programs at Dartmouth Health Children’s.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes its Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, including the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital and clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.