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New York - The Fun City Bowl is the annual football game between the New York City Police and Fire departments, and FOX Sports is providing unprecedented NFL-quality coverage to this year's clash of heroes.
Lead NFL on FOX play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman call the action, with Tony Siragusa patrolling the sidelines when the NYPD Finest and FDNY Bravest square-off on Sunday, June 2, at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY. The game is being produced by an NFL on FOX crew, and this marks the first time the contest between the Finest and Bravest is earmarked for national television. Condensed coverage of the game airs on FOX Sports 1, America's new sports network launching August 17, as a companion to the FOX Sports Originals documentary BEING: THE FINEST. Specific dates and air times are to be announced.
BEING: THE FINEST is a documentary special that examines how the NYPD football team's love of the game is measured through the players' demanding work and home lives. The documentary also pays tribute to Officer Joe Pritchard, a member of the team who was killed in a car accident shortly before the 2013 season began. The Finest have retired Pritchard's No. 1 jersey and carry it with them to practices and games. The team has dedicated this season to him.
The NYPD Finest and FDNY Bravest have faced each other on the gridiron every year since 1973. The Finest lead the all-time series, 26-14, but the Bravest have won the last two meetings. Since 2005, the series is tied, 4-4. The semi-professional teams play in the National Public Safety League and are both non-profit organizations.
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About NYPD Finest Football
The NYPD Finest Football team is a registered not for profit that is comprised of active duty New York City police officers who play football while off duty and raise funds for charity. To date, Finest Football has raised half a million dollars for local and national charities. Some of the organizations the team supports through contributions and projects are; the Wounded Warrior Project, the Make a Wish Foundation, NYPD Widow and Children's Fund and the Ronald McDonald House NYC. Players and staff also visit New York City area hospitals delivering mini footballs and coloring books to young patients. In October 2001, at the invitation of the Walt Disney Corporation, the team conducted a stay-in school football clinic for 120 children-at-risk as part of "Disney's Global Celebration of Children." On June 19, 2002 the team was presented with the "Community Partner of the Year" award by the Walt Disney Corporations' Disney VoluntEARS Program. www.NYPDFinestFootball.org
About FDNY Bravest Football
The members of the FDNY Bravest Football Club are New York City firefighters who play football to help raise money for various charities. These charities include the UFA Widows' and Children's Fund, the UFA Thomas R. Elsasser Fund, the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. Players practice and play on their own time to raise money for charity each year. Since the team was formed in 1973 the Bravest Football Club has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for its charities. Each year members of the team also visit Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD to provide support to our wounded veterans. The Bravest Football Club, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. For more information visit the Bravest Football Club website at www.BravestFootball.com.