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June 30, 2011 |

By Amber Williams


Guns 'n Hoses has charity football game


The Guns 'n Hoses game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo arena as a pre-game show for the Barnstormers vs. Kansas City on July 9.

The tradition among the Des Moines Police and Fire Departments to face off in the name of charity has been long-standing. For years, the competition has been on the ice in the form of a pre-game event at Stars and Chops games. But this year, the Iowa Barnstormers want a piece of the friendly rivalry.

The Guns 'n Hoses showdown will take to the field for its first charity football game with proceeds going toward the American Diabetes Association.

" We're looking to turn this into a yearly event. We've had such great success with the Stars and Chops, so the football team wanted to get involved, too," said Jason Evans, group sales coordinator for the Iowa Events Center. "A lot of sporting teams do these events. The police department and the fire department like to get together to do athletic events to raise money for charity.

" We approached each other mutually and decided to do something to fight this disease and have fun doing it," he said.

While fun and entertainment is definitely on the docket for the event, the main reasons for Guns 'n Hoses are threefold, he said:

" One, is to raise awareness of the charity; two, to raise awareness that police department and firefighters are keeping us safe, as well as trying to partner with these organizations and be good Americans; and the Barnstormers wanted to partner up with those causes as well."

But which team usually conquers — firefighters or cops?

" The wins have gone back and forth," Evans said. "In the past, the firefighters have won and other times the police win. It's really whoever has got a team that year. That's the fun — you get to see them compete against each other in a fun way."

The charity football game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The Guns 'n Hoses game will last an hour before the Barnstormers vs. Kansas City Command game at 7 p.m. The ticket pays for both games — $20 for 100-level corner seats or $15 for 200-level corner and endzone seats. Five dollars from each ticket sold goes toward the American Diabetes Association.

There are several ways to purchase tickets: go online at and enter the code word "GUNS" (but do not select the "best available" seats, or the special promotion price will not apply); download the flier from the website and present it to any ticket window agent at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office; save this Cityview article and redeem it at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office; contact Jason Evans at 564-8146 or by email at; or purchase them at any Des Moines police or fire station.

Tickets are based on availability and must be purchased by 5 p.m. on July 6. The Des Moines Fire and Police Departments will both have official vehicles at the game available for the public to tour, as well as other activities, games and attractions.


Locker Room note:


The Iowa Amputee Golf Association's 20th annual golf tournament is scheduled for July 8-10, at the Willow Creek Golf Course, 140 Army Post Road, in West Des Moines, sponsored by American Prosthetics and Orthotics. Friday's events begin at noon; Saturday's and Sunday's events begin at 8 a.m. The tournament is a recreational outlet for upper- and/or lower-extremity amputees and focuses on education and rehabilitation through participation in the sport of golf. For more information visit, or call Mary Stark at 771-3459. CV