Community hits home run with Back the Blue Baseball Tournament

(ROCKWALL, TX – July 28, 2016) The Rockwall community stepped up to bat for its brothers in blue this past weekend during the Back the Blue Baseball Tournament hosted by Rockwall Parks and Recreation. The charity tournament was held at the Leon Tuttle Athletic Complex on July 23-24 and benefitted local police officers.

Dave Wilson with Rockwall Parks and Recreation presented the Rockwall Police Department with the $2000 raised from the tournament in the form of a giant check this morning.

“It’s a real honor to put on this tournament for our officers,” Wilson said. “They mean so much to our community, and it’s important for us to show our support locally. It’s been awesome to see the support and everyone jumping on board with this.”

Wilson added that Rockwall Parks and Recreation plans to make the tournament an annual event as a means to continue showing the community’s support for its brothers in blue.

Following the Dallas shooting on July 7 which left five officers killed and nearly a dozen more wounded, the community’s sense of appreciation for its officers has been stronger than ever and has been shown in a variety of ways – fundraisers, prayer circles, and many notes of gratitude, love and encouragement. Rockwall Police Chief Kirk Riggs said the outpour of support from the community since the Dallas shooting has been a blessing and very humbling for he and his fellow police officers.

“The community has been very supportive and caring,” Riggs said. “They’ve upped their show of support to a whole other level I didn’t think possible. It speaks volumes, and we’re blessed to have such a thoughtful and kind community rallying behind us.”

Blue Ribbon News photography/video intern Blake Macaluso was on hand at the tournament to capture all the exciting baseball action! Check out his awesome photos of the tournament on our Facebook page,

Story and photo by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News editor.

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