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Basketball tournament looks to bridge gap between police, community

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After a wave of deadly attacks on police, a local event looks to bridge the gap between officers and the communities they serve.

The Bridging the Gap basketball tournament returns to Saginaw Valley State University this fall, bringing people together from all over Mid-Michigan.

For one day, the organization will try to build commodore by placing citizens and police on the same basketball team.

Brandon Murphy was shot in the line of duty last year and is one of the officers looking to build a bond with the community, and also win some basketball games.

“I hope to see a lot of people come out, not just kids, but adults also,” Murphy said.

Father Andrew LaFramboise with the Saginaw Diocese is also lacing it up for the Bridge the Gap event next month.

“I’ve been running, but my shot isn’t so good,” Father LaFramboise said.

All jokes aside, LaFramboise said the goal is to win on the courts together in hopes to show it's possible to win in life together. 

The Bridge the Gap event will be held Saturday, September 17 at SVSU. Some TV5 members will be playing in the game, including Meg McLeod, Andrew Keller and Gino Vicci. 

For more information on the tournament, click here

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